Sit here

David Cameron and Nick CleggWAS Conservative councillor Andrew Marshall swizzed at Camden Town Hall for the last four years? Looking at the pictures of our coalition heroes, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, in the House of Commons this afternoon, it seems so.

Clegg, the junior twin, got to sit up front within short sight of the daddy chair, right there next to the Prime Minister on day one. He didn’t get to say anything – but he was there, one seat away from his boss. How all-goosepimply it must have been to fill a Cameron-Theresa May sandwich on the front bench.

No such treats were afforded to Marshall – a pioneer of Lib Dem and Tory cooperation. As leader of the Conservative share of the power sharing Tory/Lib Dem pact than ran Camden from 2006-2010, he didn’t get to sit next to leader Keith Moffitt at council meetings. Instead, he sat in the middle of the horseshoe of seats with his Conservative colleagues, the same place he and his Conservatives colleagues will the sit if the Lib Dems can win a seat or three in the Haverstock council elections next week and form the official opposition to Labour.

6 Comments on Sit here

  1. “a seat or three in the Haverstock council elections next week”

    Fibs not fancying their chances?

  2. Even without the thrill of sitting on the left hand side of Nash, Lib Dems and Labour are canvassing hard in Haverstock – both here in the last week. Does this mean that being the “official” opposition is valuable? If so, all offers welcome.

    With the developer (Findon Urban Lofts) of the Dalby Street, Talacre site announcing to the world in the last month (twice), that he expects to start work in June, the quality of the Councillors or whatever persuasion becomes important.


  3. Albert Shanker // May 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm //

    Nice photo: quite some way from all of the statements in Lib Dem leaflets during the election and their “no more tories in Camden’ chant after the hampstead by-election.

    Their activists and supporters must be very demoralised.

    Next up for the lib dem cookbook – cold cup of sick anyone?

  4. Andrew Marshall // May 19, 2010 at 9:38 am //

    Since everyone knows “Albert Shanker” is Theo Blackwell, what exactly does this add Theo?

    Richard: your concern over my missed-seating-arrangement-opportunities is heartwarming, but it’s not a subject I heard much on the streets of the borough. I have to say, false modesty aside, that I was surprised at how much profile the deputy leader role in the coalition ended up having (for example co-introducing the council tax leaflet).

    Westminster is different, but if you are looking for parliamentary analogies why restrict yourself to the UK? If you look at other European countries, generally with hemispherical legislatures (also true for their local/regional authorities), you tend to find coalition partners in government sitting at the front of their respective parties, or, as in Germany, the government members have a separate seating area where the coalition ministers do sit mixed together).

  5. Albert Shanker // May 19, 2010 at 10:13 am //

    How little you know.

    Shanker is an author-function, i.e. the is more than one Shanker – so your little ruse has failed ‘Andrew Marshall.’

  6. Albert Shanker // May 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm //

    Indeed. I’d like to know if ‘Andrew Marshall’ is a ‘candidate-function’ – ie. is there more than one Marshall?

    (a) the one who is gracefully re-elected in Swiss Cottage time and time again

    (b) the one who was famously defeated in the Tory heartland of Birmingham Edgbaston in 1997, and turned it to the red it remains?

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