Editor's Comment: George Ferguson, architect of a new welcome to Bristol
MAYOR George Ferguson deserves great credit for the way he has conducted himself in his first two months in office. He always said he would not hide away in City Hall and he has been as good as his word.
Last night he spelt out his vision for Bristol for the next five years. Read it and it is difficult not to be enthused.
He is a real visionary, an architect for a new look Bristol.
His description of a remodelled Temple Meads and Brunel Mile complete with poets' quarter is inspiring. As are his hopes for a new Dutch House and acquiring the title of 'water city'.
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Unlike other politicians George is not shackled by inane party orders.
He speaks from the heart and his words strike a chord with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. He clearly loves Bristol and he wants people's first impressions of our city to be uplifting.
He didn't deal with difficult subjects like school places last night.
But in what are challenging economic times he shone a positive light into the distance.
He accepts he may not be able to promise all of these things he mentioned but he has at least imagined a brighter future and given us all cause for hope.