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Boys in blue

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Brian 'London stinks' Godfrey has been taking his would-be presidential message to the regions, but not without a hiccup or two. He was speeding north on the motorway in his beloved sports coupe, preparing to wow the Scots with his right-on plans to return powers to the regions. One hand on the wheel, the other on his mobile phone, Brian took a call from the AJ and pulled onto the hard shoulder. A couple of minutes later his world was turned upside down by the sight of the local constabulary, blue lights blazing, in his rear view mirror. Next thing he is being hauled over the coals: old enough to know better; wife should have answered the call; £30 fine for this, sir. Brian gave the copper his sweetest Devon smile and managed to slip the noose. It all capped a tiring couple of days with hustings in Coventry, Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Edinburgh. 'It's all a bit gruelling really, ' he confided in Astragal.

It'll soon be over.

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