IT’S a weird thing: I can’t seem to step into the London Borough of Haringey without seeing Liberal Democrat councillor David Schmitz walking around. He’s everywhere. He was at the back of the Methodist Hall during the first public meeting about the cuts at the Whittington Hospital. I interviewed Newsnight’s Gavin Esler in front of a small group of people for an event at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green. He was there. I popped in for some street food at a Sunday market in a school off the Green Lanes one weekend. There he was, Cllr Schmitz, walking around with his family. The time after that, I was in Wood Green High Road – innocently doing some shopping, I was, trying to find something in that road that wasn’t a mobile phone cover or a betting slip – and he suddenly appeared again, walking in the opposite direction looking very busy.
I’ve never spoken to him, but he’s a kind of distinctive looking guy and, boy, he seems to be everywhere on that side of the borough boundary. Everywhere. It’s like Haringey only has one councillor.
Given all of that, imagine how I felt when I turned on a really good documentary about the history of the Tube on BBC2 on Thursday night and… wouldja believe it… there he was. The man. In my house via national TV. Cllr Schmitz, filing through the rush hour crowds. People say this is a crowded city, but sometimes it feels like it’s the set of The Truman Show and the producers are running out of extras.
ps… you can still see the very excellent The Tube: An Underground History on the iPlayer