Bryant & May Characters Who Actually Exist

Bryant and May, Observatory

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.

3 comments on “Bryant & May Characters Who Actually Exist”

  1. Gretta says:

    Was it him who was found dumping official documents in a public park bin a while back? He sounds like a complete bint.

  2. Sparro says:

    He’s a power-greedy twonk with nothing better to do than lord it over other people’s lives. I dare say he gets some frisson of pleasure from the frustration he causes or could case.
    And i would guess he travels around his territory in a chauffeur-driven limousine, or slums it in a taxi. Either way a yellow line at the kerbside is, to him, an everywhere-symbol of his power, and can be ignored. To others, it’s a slimy trail that slugs like him leave in their wake.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    Funny, that picture makes me think of Raymond Land, although Leslie Faraday is just as possible.

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