Ah ha! This could be time for estate agents to get their own back on Mary Portas.
This week, she of the orange hair came up with her critique of high streets.
In a nutshell – let’s not waste a double page spread on this – cheaper car parking, lower rates, more markets, fewer shops, more caffs and entertainment. Oh, and town centre committees. (When in doubt, a new committee is always a good idea.)
It occurs to us that as most agents work on them, they’re in a much better position than most to advise the prime minister as to what’s wrong with high streets and what should happen to them.
We all know that it’s a question of use them or lose them. And estate agents, along with charity shops, are often perceived as part of the high street problem.
So, are Britain’s high streets worth saving? And if so, how would YOU go about it? Are high streets still the places for agents to be? Or is it time to stop flogging dead horses and do all our shopping at out-of-town centres like Westfield, for which Portas just happens to be a consultant?
You may remember how nice, empathetic, caring and only-too-happy to listen Mary Portas was when she tried to, er, assist the estate agency industry not too long ago.
The link, together with all 97 comments, may jog your memory.