Following the success in rebuilding the town’s splendid Edwardian pier after its destruction by fire in 2008, Weston-Super-Mare town council has been forced to admit that there is no chance that a similar project could restore the shattered reputation of the town’s peer, Baron Jeffrey Archer.
Archer’s political career went up in flames dramatically after his imprisonment in 2001 for perjury and perverting the course of justice. As the public watched in awe, his credibility sank without trace, and his integrity now remains damaged beyond repair.
“It’s asking too much – there’s just nothing solid left to work with,” admitted Bristol architect Angus Meek. “His supporters have all given up and he’s basically hit rock-bottom. To be honest, peers belong to a bygone Victorian age anyway, and if a few more went up in flames, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.”