Annabel Goldie wasn’t a celeb on either side of the border. I have to confess that I would have struggled to tell you who she was a couple of years ago. She is up against the traditional dominance of the Labour party, a well known “showman” in Alex Salmond and a Lib Dem party much more high profile than here in England.
Yet she is the one making the political running.
The leader of the Conservative party in Scotland has been described as “matronly” and as David Cameron’s favourite “Scottish auntie”. The Scottish press (not the most pro Tory media in the world) have written that it has been Miss Goldie that has given the campaign some “personality”.
The Scotsman said “The Scottish Conservative leader has surprised many observers, inside and outside her own party, with her performances on the campaign trail.
She has been as drily witty as she used to be in the days before she became leader, she has more than held her own in leadership debates – and actually come out on top in one or two – and she has appeared relaxed and confident on the stump.” and “She has been a revelation”.
What has this got to do with me or London or Bexley or Bromley? Well we have a similar situation here in London, a well known showman who many people expect to romp home and a series of “unknowns” who want to take him on. Miss Goldie has shown that you do not need to be a celeb out of traps, you can build a profile en route.