THE unsurprising scoreline in the Camden Town with Primrose Hill by-election was so unsurprising it was almost only mentioned in passing in the local press, especially as it concided with the day Brian Coleman fell. But it was BIG news in Labour winner Lazzaro Pietragnoli’s Italian homeland, all over the news.
The Corriere Della Sera went with… A Camden Town Trionfa un veneziano
La Repubblica chose… Un Italiano (Stra)vince a Londra
L’Unita headline it with… Un Italiano vince a Camden Town
And so on. Sadly, my Italian doesn’t stretch beyond ‘ciao’, ‘arrivederci’, and ‘franco baresi’, so I can’t read the interviews Lazzaro’s interviews. But I did run them through the disjointed Google translator. La Repubblica reported:
E’ riuscito a prendere più voti del candidato laburista delle precedenti amministrative, “specie a Primrose Hill, un’area in cui in passato il primo partito erano i liberaldemocratici e invece io ho portato in testa il Labour”, dice, “ho incontrato anche elettori che mi dicevano che avrebbero votato per il conservatore Boris Johnson come sindaco e per me come consigliere comunale”.
….translator: ‘It could out-vote the candidate of the previous Labour administration, “especially in Primrose Hill, an area in which the first party in the past were the Liberal Democrats and instead I pulled ahead on Labour”, he says, “I also met I said that voters would vote for the Conservative Boris Johnson as mayor and for me as an alderman.”‘ This sounds like a possible acceptance that people happy to vote for him as a Labour candidate were at the same time bored of Ken Livingstone.
More interesting, perhaps, is the rough translation of the report in La Voce d’Italia
C’è stato solo qualche tentativo di attacco, racconta ancora Pietragnoli. “‘Nell’ultima campagna gli avversari conservatori hanno provato a far leva sul mio essere italiano per attaccarmi ma visti i risultati direi che il tentativo è fallito”.
…translator: ‘There’s been some attempt to attack, it still tells Pietragnoli. “In the last campaign the conservative opponents have tried to capitalize on my to be Italian to attack me but given the results I would say that the attempt has failed.”‘
Attacks on the basis of Lazzaro’s Italian background? Surely not the Camden Conservatives? What will Tory Frognal councillor Gio Spinella say?