In amongst the news that Lynne Hillan beat Mark Shooter for the Leadership was the news that Wendy Prentice beat Brian Schama by 19-18 for the Tory group chair position. Brian Schama is a councillor for Mill Hill. He beat me when I stood for the Lib Dems in May. As we stood on the podium receiving the news (which we'd already been told) that we'd lost, I shook Brians hand. I wished him well and asked him to do the right thing for the people of Mill Hill.
As Brian has been a stalwart supporter of Mark Shooters bid, emailing all Tory Councillors to explain his feelings, a thought occurs to me. As the result was announced, Brian Coleman (then Mayor and returning officer) shrieked with glee "I've beaten Tichborne, I've shown him" ignoring the fact that he hadn't, John Hart, Suri Khatri and Brian Schama had won in Mill Hill. It took Brian Schama less than two months in close proximity to Brian Coleman to reach the same conclusion that I had. In a rather strange twist of fate, Brian Schama has done more damage to Colemans credibility than I ever could have hoped as a member of the opposition.
Things have a funny way of working out. I suspect I'm a better blogger than I would have been a councillor. Brian Schama is a BIGGER THREAT TO COLEMAN AS A COUNCILLOR THAN I COULD EVER HAVE BEEN. Call it the Lord working in mysterious ways, call it Karma, call it the Universe at work, this is justice at work. I like Brian Schama, he's a decent bloke with a good sense of humour. Don't agree with his politics, but can't fault his motivation. I believe that he's done Mill Hill proud. I believe he still has a role to play as this unwinds. Brian Schama has accumilated a solid support in a short time. I have a few words for Brian - Rome wasn't built in a day.