Well atr least this should stop New Labour trying to foist this idea of elected mayors on to sceptical voters. (They chucked the idea out in Harlow when there was a referendum on it.)
The interesting thing about Mr Mallon the RoboCop of Middlesborough is that he pleaded guilty to corruption. Then he said he saidnmthis wasn't true, but he just wanted to get the trial out of the way.
But doesn't pleading guilty and then saying he wasn't guilty open him to the charge of perjury? I mean he was lying in court wasn't he, assuming that what he later said was true. I suppose he could beat the rap by saying that what he said after the trial was the lie... Maybe Vin Garbutt can write a song about his new mayor.
I think I'd sooner have the monkey.