Bryant & May Characters Who Actually Exist
Readers of the detective series may recall Leslie Faraday, the foot-in-mouth pubic servant who manages to upset everyone he deals with. He clearly has a counterpart in Colin Barrow, the Westminster City Council leader and former hedge fund manager who managed to unite restaurateurs, theatre impresarios, shopkeepers and the Church in opposition to parking plans dubbed a “tax on nightlife”. The Centre for Economics and Business Research calculated the charges would cause a £800m a year drop in customer demand and the loss of more than 5,000 jobs.
London Mayor Boris Johnson called the council’s plans “completely mad”. Mr Barrow, 59, is stepping down just weeks after a High Court judge forced the council to put plans on hold.
Barrow/Faraday attracted further ire when, in the wake of the court’s decision, he sneaked out proposals to convert some single yellow lines to doubles on which it is forbidden to park at any time. He also backed an incentive scheme for traffic wardens who issued the most parking tickets which rewarded wardens with TVs and pay bonuses.