Election Daily: Independent thinking

56 days to go


SOON we will see which people who threaten to stand as independents, actually will – and in today’s CNJ we learn of a group actively trying to find people who want to upset the orthodoxy by putting their name on the ballot papers without the support of a political party.

The organisers of One Vote For The Planet say in their online introduction: “Those in power are failing to cut carbon emissions or protect the environment. It doesn’t seem to be a priority for any political party. But what if you could vote for independent councillors who would do all they can to make Camden Council stop its same old business as usual and live up to its Declaration of Climate and Ecological Emergency?”

“You can still give your remaining votes to your usual party or other independents. But if enough people give just One Vote for the Planet, we will have enough councillors to really make a difference to the way Camden works.”

It is explained too in a letter to the CNJ printed today – essentially a call out for people to step forward. The signatories are interesting and include Dee Searle and Kirsten de Keyser, both of whom have in the past stood for the Green Party in Camden.

The online site includes a search for an OVFTP candidate to stand in Highgate where the Greens are waist deep in a head-to-head with Labour over split territory. Surely they can’t be chuffed with old friends asking eco-minded campaigners to add to the number of players on the field as independents?

It remains one of the hardest ward results to predict.


SOME confused whatsapps came through about mention of Henry and Rishi’s style match in yesterday’s post. Question remains: Who wore it better?


WHO are the scruffs from the Camden New Journal to dare post about councilor attire? The old joke was you could tell the difference between the CNJ and the Ham and High journalists at council meetings (NB: the press seats used to be a little busier) because the latter would always be in a suit and tie and the former – us – had forgotten to tuck our shirts in.

But at least none of us, to my knowledge, ever worn a ‘red singlet’ – whatever that is. W

e learned such a garment existed from Hampstead broadcaster Richard Madeley’s interview in the Sunday Times last weekend, when he offered a bygone glimpse of life on the East London Advertiser – where he started as a reporter in the 1980s.

The legend has it that he got the job when Steve Harley, the Cocknel Rebel singer perhaps only remembered for Come Up And See Me Make Me Smile, decided to jack in an early career in local journalism.

Madeley’s account of the old days went: “He used to wear this red singlet to work and the editor said: ‘You’re a good reporter, Steve, but you can’t interview people wearing a red singlet’. Steve saiid: “It’s the fucking East End, what’s the problem?’ ‘Suit and tie every morning, Steve, it’s your last warning.’

“And he came in the next day in the red singlet. He got the chop. I think he wanted the chop – he’d formed Cockney Rebel by then. And I got his job.”

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