Friday, May 13 2011
The next mayor of Medway will break a three year run of Tory Davids - he's called Ted.
Ted Baker is the latest Conservative to be appointed mayor.
He spares the party plenty of blushes. They seized the right to name the mayors a few years ago, and have kept the other parties out of the equation (and the Tudor robes) ever since.
This year no one was eager to grasp the right to be the Queen's Representative or to chair the warring factions at a much reduced number of political meetings to verify what the Cabinet decides. That's why Steve Kearney, the former Lib Dem Deputy Mayor, was being groomed. Then he was voted off the council.
As the days have got closer to the annual meeting, there have been some big sighs around Gun Wharf (and elsewhere) that the issue has been resolved.
So - who will succeed him?
Will the Tories once again sacrifice everything to go to Buck House, have their names inscribed on the mayoral plaques and be a Medway figurehead?
Or will they run out of willing subjects?
Rumours - subsequently confirmed by photographic evidence - show that two Medway councillors have got their hands on Olympic medals.
I don't know the full story, but it will be in the Medway Messenger next week.
Also in the news and in Monday's paper will be news of a leading politician from the past who has died.