Northampton Borough Council leader named ‘Philistine of the Year’ by national magazine

Councillor David Mackintosh
Councillor David Mackintosh

The leader of Northampton Borough 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 Councillor 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 £15.8 million after an auction at Christie’s in London in July, was “flogged” in a “shabby deal” with the Marquess of Northampton, who receive 45 per cent of the money from the sale.

In response to the award Councillor Mackintosh said: “The Private Eye award is a good bit of fun, but the sale of the Sekhemka statue raised over £8 million 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.”