I WAS worried that Camden Town and Primrose Hill by-election candidate Nigel Rumble might have done himself a mischief with a blogpost last week, just because of the electric speed from which he raced from the New Journal dispensers to his blogging screen. The Conservative runner seemed like he was in a furious rage at another week passing without the paper running an ‘exclusive’ interview with him. It’s all biased against him, he claims… this in a city where our paper for London, the Evening Standard, runs a front page editorial urging us to vote for Boris Johnson in Thursday’s main event.
After a bit of reflection, the blogpost was edited a little bit, reducing the shouty anger in the piece – but I know a few people got screen grabs before this, as they were so tickled by it.
Truth is, the Tories have never done so well in Camden Town with Primrose Hill ward and when Labour has slipped up, it’s been to the benefit of the Liberal Democrats rather than the Conservatives.
That said, the Tory vote will increase with a Boris bounce – the turnout will be higher in the council by-election because people are going to the polling stations for the mayoral contest and naturally this should lead to more votes in the Conservative tally. Labour remain confident of holding the council seat.
But above all, Nigel shouldn’t worry that he isn’t being given as much newsprint as he wants. Forget me, Green Wing actor, Have I Got News For You host, friendly face off the telly, Primrose Hill resident Stephen Mangan has already made sure his near 100,000 followers on Twitter know exactly who he is and what he’s all about.