HIS owner claimed he knew more about what was happening in Swansea Council than councillors did — but now Derrick the cat has gone missing.
The black and white moggy became something of a minor celebrity after his housemate, Tory councillor and group leader Rene Kinzett, said most council meetings were a waste of time, and that his feline friend had a better idea of what was happening than his colleagues.
Within days an internet site in the cat's honour had attracted dozens of fans — and the claim provoked a less- than-amused response from other councillors.
But while Mr Kinzett was away at the Conservative party conference in Manchester last week, it seems the famous cat vanished from his Sketty abode.
The councillor said: "A friend who was looking after Derrick while I was away rang me at the conference to say he was missing.
"When I got back we leafleted houses in the area, but there have been no sightings.
"He's been gone a week now.
"Derrick is a friendly cat and doesn't usually wander very far.
"I'm just hoping we can find him."
He added: "I rely on his in-depth knowledge of the street scene in Swansea."
It was back in 2009 that Mr Kinzett found himself in the doghouse with his catty comments, which were made after it was revealed he had only attended 12 out of 91 meetings.
At the time he said: "Much of the time spent in meetings in County Hall is an utter waste of time — pointless pontificating by councillors who know less than my cat about much of what they are considering.
"If people really knew how decisions were made at County Hall they would be horrified."