The sports programmes, re-cently occupied with nothing but the closing of the football transfer deadline day passed with my complete disinterest. Then...Eureka Here is a method that could be used to ensure that local councils were kept vibrant, with an element of real competition and a free flow of talent and expertise.

Instead of local elections why not swap councillors from other authorities? Councils could bid for the best members, offer chances for fame and glory and if they failed; let them go.

What highflying London council member would give up the opportunity to grapple the Condor enigma in beautiful Weymouth rather than sort housing leaks in Lambeth? Councils would be able to draw from proven talent across the country and the dross would no longer drag us down.

Just imagine Boris Johnson, leader of W&PBC?

Bill Knight, Overcombe Court, Weymouth