Criticism of mayor wasn't always such a risk-free business
The creation of the post of mayor of Leicester has been followed by floods of frequently very personal criticisms in the Mercury and elsewhere of Sir Peter Soulsby and his work (often from people who don't even live in the city, though that's another issue).
Perhaps the critics ought to reflect on the following historic case concerning publicly abusing the mayor, which was found in the Borough Records for 1549 (spelling modernised).
"Memorandum: the 22nd day of November in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King Edward the Sixth, Thomas Cock of the town of Leicester, horse-dealer, in the open street did misconduct himself against Nicholas Reynold, then being mayor of the town of Leicester, with many and varied unseemly words.
"And the said Thomas Cock was ordered to (return to) his Ward (ie, the area of the town where he lived) for his so disobeying and there was punished for his offence (presumably spending some hours or longer in the stocks?)
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And on the application to Mr Gyllot, Master Wode & Master Cotton, being justices of the peace, the same Nicholas Reynold being mayor, did put the matter wholly unto them to use (deal with) the same as they thought convenient (suitable) and upon the same the said Thomas Cock came before the said justices and was sorry for his disobedience, acknowledged his offence, and promised before the same Justices never to use himself (act) so any more."
Patrick Boylan, Thurncourt.