|The Station clock at Burnt Oak tube station|
It looks to me rather like Brian Coleman is adopting the same strategy as time runs out on his £53,000 a year job at the GLA. Reports that he appeared in High Barnet at the weekend demanding the removal of posters complaining of his parking charges, from the windows of hard pressed retailers, squashed by his parking fees, sounded like the drunk, desperately counting out the pennies before the bell is rung.
His rival, Andrew Dismore confided in me that he is worried that Coleman is so unpopular that people will become complacent. He fears that if the weather is bad, his supporters won't bother to vote. I have no such fears. The people, such as Helen Michael of Cafe Buzz, who Coleman has alienated, are highly motivated. They would dance to the polling booths, through a hurricane, if it meant the end of Coleman and his parking policies.
I had a bizarre conversation with a local Conservative at the weekend, which demonstrates a complete detachment from reality. They told me that "Brian Coleman is more popular than ever" and that "many people who had never even voted before were flocking to his cause". I was intrigued, I asked why "because they are fed up with all of the people moaning about him!".
So there you go. Brian Coleman's tactic is "If you upset enough people, you'll get a whole new legion of voters". I was intrigued. I asked if they could introduce me to one of these newBrian Coleman voters. "Of course not, we don't share our supporters details with bloggers". I said that I didn't want their details, I just wanted to interview them, so that I could add some balance to my blog. "They don't want to talk to bloggers". I was surprised "Have you asked them that? They seem upset with our criticisms".
I suspect that these phantom voters are rather like Robert Rams imaginary library. But I will say this. If you are planning to vote Tory and have never voted Tory before, because you are upset with the criticism of Brian Coleman, I'd love to interview you. Please get in touch