Corruption in Local Politics
A red face bar stool habitué kept poking me in the chest this evening to emphasise his point that he knew that all local politics is corrupt because the bloody landowners are the ones who keep getting planning permission.
As you know I'm not one to go out of my way to defend any politician but even I felt obliged to point out that most people who apply for planning permission are landowners so his stunning discovery was not really that surprising. If most people applying are landowners then most permissions will go to landowners, all things being equal.
I failed to persuade him that his wasn't a valid reason to string them all up, though of course there are other ones...