You have £35,000 to spend.
a) Fix 500 potholes, or
b) Spend it on resurfacing a short one-way road that is blocked off from the public by a barrier and is only accessible for council use (to reach the parking spaces for councillors and senior officers and to make deliveries)?
If (b), congratulations. You have what it takes to be a Hull councillor. (Though even then you may well not have what it takes to be the writer of the best headline on a political leaflet in Hull.)
If you failed that test, try this one instead.
You have £8,000 to spend.
a) Fix 115 potholes, or
b) Spend it on two new wooden cabinets to hold the council’s silverware?
If (b), congratulations. On the second time of asking it turns out you have what it takes to be a Hull councillor.
(And yes, there are an awful lot of potholes on Hull’s roads.)