‘The sports car driving lawyer’

REMEMBER that post a few weeks back about how the Daily Mail reported Gail Porter’s helping out in a charity shop as some sort of life crisis… well, I’ve decided to hone my skills for when I’m working on a paper like that in the future. Here goes:

HE used to lead Camden Council – and had the flash two seater sports car to show everybody who was boss. But now look at former Town Hall leader Raj Chada, looking more akin to a travelling onion seller searching for pennies on his old-fashioned pushbike. The lawyer who lost the 2010 council elections was spotted trundling up Camden High Street yesterday…

I’m not convincing anybody, am I? Raj may no longer drive a sports car – he hasn’t forgiven me for dropping his Night Riderish vehicle of choice into some New Journal news copy many years ago – but he seems a relaxed guy out of the world of local politics. Maybe one day he will be an MP, but right now he’s winning big cases for Hodge, Jones and Allen and not dreaming of a return to Judd Street. As they search for a new leader in Camden, I wonder how many Labour people locally, if they could, would have him back in charge right now.

6 Comments on ‘The sports car driving lawyer’

  1. Albert Shanker // March 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm //

    Memories…CNJ graphics dept seems to have taken a hit since then

  2. Richard Osley // March 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm //

    You say that… but Awale will tell you differently: http://richardosley.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/stick-it-somewhere-where-the/

  3. Tom Foot // March 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm //

    Is Brian Paddick a bizarre bike magnet?

  4. When Raj was in the final days of a possible re-election, he was ringing bells all over Gospel Oak in desperation. My conservative (small c) neighbour answered the doorbell to Raj and said “Who are you?” Raj replied “I am your local councillor and leader of the council and I am looking for yor vote!”. My neighbour replied, ” Don’t ever see much of you around here!”
    Truer words were never spoken! He had a nasty habit of never answering emails, letters and telephone call from his constituents. I guess, he had what Juilian Fulbrook calls “TownHallitis”. Those were the days my friend, we hope they never return. Although, thinking in the present, Theo has a incureable case of TownHallitis, as well!!

  5. Keith Sedgwick // March 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm //

    Why do you think the Council has just spent £94,000 trying to find out what the Gospel Oak folk think about setting up a Regeneration Partnership? The three Councillors, like Raj was, are too consumed with playing big shots in the Town Hall that they’re not prepared to do the legwork in their ward, to find out what people think, by themselves. Result? Over 6,000 questionnaires posted to properties in the ward, only 325 responses.

    Hardly a ringing endorsement of the local Councillor’s ‘Vision’ for the ward! Mind you, what local people don’t want mustn’t stand in the way of what the Gospel Oak Councillors do. Tomorrow, the Partnership gets signed into existence. More jobs for friends of friends of, more bureaucracy, more money down the drain.

    • Simone Lewis // March 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm //

      Keith well said, you must have a crystal ball as Councillor Sarah Hayward Made her ‘Single Member Decision ‘ today against the majority of the Gospel Oak community’s will yet again as she fails to listen. as well as also stateing today that we will try the partnership for another year and if it fails we will just close it !!. But what does that matter its not her money she is wasting along with the fact that she does not live here.

      Doesnt give us much hope knowing that she is challenging the Leader of the Council’s postion,

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