Politicians had their own Reservoir Dogs moment at One Humber Quays
By Angus Young, 'Off the Record'
Bright and shiny, it's just like one of those new sofas on the TV ads.
You know the ones. Huge incongruous pieces of kit surrounded by beautiful smiling people forever walking around them and cooing over their design.
And like those glitzy sofas in the ads, the One Humber Quays office block has just been sold to a lucky buyer.
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So ends a public ownership saga of truly epic proportions.
Who can forget the last- minute decision to add an entire office block to what were originally relatively modest plans to tidy up Island Wharf?
Or the snub delivered by its intended occupants Northern Foods when the company upped sticks and moved its HQ to Leeds instead?
Then there were the wilderness years when no one seemed remotely interested in taking up some of the most expensive office space in Hull except regional development quango Yorkshire Forward, which funded it in the first place.
And through it all, there were the photo-calls.
As the accompanying snap from the Mail archives shows, political posing next to a shiny glass office block funded entirely by the taxpayer to the tune of £17 million didn't get any better than this Reservoir Dogs moment back in 2007 when Peter Mandelson, Alan Johnson, Carl Minns and Andy Sloan strutted their stuff for the cameras.
IF EAST Riding councillor Paul Robinson ever decides to give up politics, he's always got his drain cleaning business to fall back on.
For the Howdenshire ward politician's love of muck certainly shines through in his latest Facebook postings on the subject.
One recent call-out saw him literally trying to get to the bottom of a dispute between neighbouring Chinese and Indian takeaway owners over who was responsible for clogging up a nearby shared drain with grease.
Then there was the elderly customer in Barnsley who offered to pay for a clean-up job with 200 home-bred budgies.
After politely asking for payment in sterling instead, Paul proceeded to unblock the offending drain.
Afterwards, the satisfied customer took a look down the manhole and declared: "Eee lad, yuv done a crackin' job thear, I could **** fo'd next five years and still not fill that bugger"!
I feel there's a TV series brewing here.