Why is the selection of Labour councillors never short of thrills and spills?
By Angus Young, 'Off the Record'
Like Hull Fair, the selection process for choosing Labour council candidates is never short of thrills and spills.
It's a white-knuckle ride from start to finish without the need to go anywhere near Walton Street.
Take the case of John Hewitt.
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Four months ago, he was handed a cabinet position after Labour swept back into power at the Guildhall.
This week, he was deselected as a candidate in his own Longhill ward.
I don't know the circumstances yet and he might pick up a berth elsewhere, but it will be a shame if he's being sidelined for good.
John is a salt-of-the-earth character, one of a dying breed of politicians who still prefer to call a spade a spade.
His other claim to fame is that he's also one of a handful of councillors who make Labour leader Steve Brady sound posh.
ARE the horses in Humberside Police's mounted section facing their final furlong?
The future of the section is in doubt because of funding cuts.
If they have to go, perhaps one horse should be reserved for Chief Constable Tim "Gripper" Hollis to ride into town every morning in the style of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western.
He could saddle up in Queen Victoria Square, and sort out a few bad guys before galloping off into the sunset each night to the cheers of the local townsfolk.
The only problem with this idea is that Mr Hollis currently resides in South Yorkshire.
NOT for the first time, former city council leader Simone Butterworth is after my blood.
Recently in this column I said she had been "snubbed" by her own group when they nominated John Robinson for the post of Deputy Lord Mayor.
Not so, according to the Lib Dem grand dame.
Unlike her party colleagues, she tells me she favours electing Lord Mayors and their deputies on the basis of seniority rather than simply choosing someone who wishes to be nominated.
As such, "Fluffy" Robinson wished to be nominated while she was quite content to wait her turn.
Glad to get that one sorted.
EAST Riding councillors have decided against appointing a design champion for the authority to save money.
That means no daft uniform.
I was looking forward to seeing a new underpant-wearing superhero striding across the Wolds, complete with hard hat and high-visibility jacket.