Roy Ford, the man who told me to get interested in Planning, has finally left for the great brewery in the sky! Roy was intense in his love of good planning (from a Local Authority perspective), and equally passionate about Local Planning committee's being non corrupt, but forward thinking. He taught me all I know about the principles behind planning, and for that I will be forever in his debt.
He also taught me how to enjoy real ale, and for that I thank him more.
More importantly he taught me that politics is not about being nice, its about winning. I will forever respect him and his memory.