THE most confident – dare we call them cocky? – Labour councillors have a vision of Camden where the price paid by the Liberal Democrats for their national pact for with the Conservatives is a complete meltdown locally. Like, a total wipe-out thing in the 2014 elections.
Relaxed Lib Dem organisers in the north west of the borough think otherwise. I can’t quite remember the line told to me recently by one but it was something along the lines of: If there was a nuclear war, the only thing that would survive are cockroaches and Liberal Democrats in Fortune Green. Something that like. It makes Labour want to win up there even more.
So deep are the roots that the Lib Dems have laid down in that crook of Camden, their thinkers believe there is still strong parochial support which can survive whatever mean things are said about Clegg and Co.
Maybe one indicator of such neighbourhood warmth is the area action group meetings held in the area. This is where members of the public have to be convinced, largely by local councillors, that its worth meeting up with them in a little get-together to discuss hyperlocal concerns.
Recently, 90 odd members of the public gave up their time to show up to the area group for West Hampstead and Fortune Green, the Lib Dem strongholds.
The same event in neighbouring Kilburn before Chrimbo struggled to attract double figures. Lib Dems would surely feel catty and churlish pointing out that Kilburn is represented by three relatively recently elected Labour councillors, but I bet it’s in the back of their heads.