A COUPLE of people asked why I signed off a post about Camden’s former Conservative leader Piers Wauchope’s admiration for Sian Berry with the words: ‘Calm down, Paolo’. The answer isn’t thrilling.
When Piers was in Camden, councillors on the Labour benches nicknamed him ‘Paolo Wanchope’ after a gangly Costa Rican footballer, a bit of a cult striker who played for Derby, Manchester City and West Ham. He once scored an amazing goal against Manchester United. The contrast between the two men made his opponents laugh. And that’s it. That’s the joke.
You might not think it hilarious, but I’m told it did catch on in the Town Hall corridors.