This blog, although entitled Master Draper, is, of course, entirely my personal view. This is one particular post where I am going to be especially partisan.
Those who have received the addresses for the three candidates for Lay Sheriff standing for election on 24 June may note that my name appears on Andrew Whitton's address as one of his supporters. I am not the only Draper to be on this list; Past Master Sir Michael Craig-Cooper and Junior Warden William Charnley also appear.
In a contested election for Lay Sheriff it is always invidious to select one candidate ahead of another. Both Nicholas Bonham and Wendy Mead CC are excellent candidates. But I think on balance, and after careful consideration, Andrew just wins by a nose (and a moustache).
His financial background is particularly important at this time in the City's development where the issues we face are complex and require clear understanding in what is going to be an ongoing and difficult debate. Also his international experience, especially in the Middle East, is most valuable at a time when many parts of the world are in considerable flux and a knowledgeable individual has much to contribute.
Equally importantly Andrew is a very active supporter of the wider livery movement. I have no doubt he will be a most effective champion on our behalf as well as having just the right personality to help resolve the inevitable internal differences that can arise.
So in summary, although we are fortunate to have three excellent candidates standing, Andrew has, from my viewpoint, just the right combination of experience and personality to be our Lay Sheriff for next year.
I reiterate this is a personal view and equally importantly whether you vote for Andrew or not, and I really hope you will give him your support, do your bit our City democracy by casting your vote at Common Hall on Friday 24 June at twelve noon.
I am required under the rules of the elections to add the following: although the precise wording, particularly the use of the word printing does not seem to have kept up with the advent of the blogosphere.
Promoted, printed and published by Pauline Halliday OBE, 12, Somerset House, Somerset Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5JA. On behalf of Andrew Whitton, Flat 1, No.1, Hayes Place, London NW1 6UA