Torbays council administration has been in the news again for all the wrong reasons.
It seems that in spite of an extensive (and growing) property portfolio across the Bay council officers have been spending £100,000 annually on hiring hotel conference rooms.
The tut- tutting from Elisabeth Raikes about the fact that this issue has been given such a lot of publicity reminded me of her equally disdainful predecessor, Richard Painter.
It's another symptom of the mindset of council officers - that Torbay Council is their fiefdom and the best thing us 'little people' can do is run along and let them get on with spending our money.
The trouble is that they see Torbay Council as a huge corporation responsible for schools, social services and to some extent, the local economy; whereas most local taxpayers see the council as the bin men and road sweepers.
The best way to bridge this gap between residents and their council is to elect councillors with the intellect, determination and ability to hold the officers to account; something Torbay has not had for a long time.