Some clearly see the election of Tony Ramsden as chair of the local FSB as a stroke of absolute genius.

Who better to advise on the ups and downs of business life than the three-times bankrupt, just out of prison and banned from being a company director for six years?

We believe most people will view it as just extraordinary, ludicrous or shameless – or merely plain embarrassing, making the FSB a laughing stock.

But you can say this for Mr Ramsden.

He was clearly in the front of the queue when they dished out the chutzpah.