Ian White, who contributes regularly here and is a big cheese on the Town Liar site, has a letter in this morning's Echo on the Elected Mayor debate.
After some preliminaries on the Mayors in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, Ian attacks a letter from Frank and Stella Robson, which made a case for keeping our ceremonial non-political mayoralty. He suggests that their support is entirely due to the money they received as allowances when they served as Mayor.
Now this kind of stuff may go down a storm with my good friends on the Liar - councillors are a bunch of parasitic leeches feeding off the public, you know the sort of thing - but I'm not sure how it will play "out there". If I were the Yes campaign, I think I'd stick to the arguments rather than smearing some respected figures in the town.