Northampton Council leader named ‘Philistine of the Year’ by Private Eye

Northampton Council leader David Mackintosh has been named Philistine of the Year by Private Eye
Northampton Council leader David Mackintosh has been named Philistine of the Year by Private Eye

The leader of Northampton Council, David Mackintosh, has been named as the Philistine of the Year in the 2014 Private Eye ‘Rotten Boroughs Awards’.

The satirical magazine has given Cllr Mackintosh the award as a result of the council’s decision to sell the Egyptian statue Sekhemka, which belonged to the town’s museum.

The article states that the 4,500-year-old statue, which sold for £15.8m after an auction at Christie’s in London in July, was “flogged” in a “shabby deal” with the Marquess of Northampton, who received 45 per cent of the money from the sale.

In response to the award Cllr Mackintosh said: “The Private Eye award is a good bit of fun, but the sale of the Sekhemka statue raised over £8m which will entirely be invested in the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum for the benefit of the public for many years to come, and that is the most important thing.”