Well! Your 10 correspondents a week last Friday certainly hit the nail on the head.

So now Ealing is dependent on the Mayor of London to reverse the shocking decision of the 'planning' committee. It would be funny if it weren't ridiculous.

Let's hope Mr Johnson does the right thing. But whether he does or not, what are the implications of the committee's behaviour for local democracy in Ealing?

Can five councillors from outlying wards ignore public and informed opinion to hand the centre of the borough to a commercial developer to erect an undistinguished and disproportionate potential slum in exchange for a derisory few million pounds?

And can the mechanisms of local politics allow them to do it? The answer matters not merely to local democracy, but to the problem of whether democratic behaviour can flourish anywhere in the United Kingdom.