In the bad old days of Pooter Cockell we heard of too many cosy tete a tete's with big-time developers.
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We have heard the same stories from Westminster with Cllr Robert Davis and his constant contact with rich men all with big money on their minds.
Of course, it gives councillors a thrill to hobnob with powerful men.
And nothing thrilled Cockell more than hijacking the Bentley for a spin to the Ritz to meet the Barclay twins.
Was there ever a senior officer present?
Were minutes taken?
Now, we hear that young Quentin Marshall wants to shift the investment strategy from equities to commercial property.
Councils like investing in commercial because for some inane reason C. Government allows them to borrow to fund acquisitions at preferential interest rates.
Initial meetings with potential property investment advisers should be handled by senior officers.
Councillors should never be allowed to put up candidates.
Back in your box, Mr Marshall....