Astragal will be keeping a close eye on presidential pretender Brian Godfrey as the RIBA election comes down to the wire at the end of this month. Do Paul Hyett and Alex Reid strike the same fear into the Devon candidate's heart as his 1974 opponent. . . Margaret Thatcher? As a keen young Liberal Party candidate, Godfrey was pitched against you-knowwho in her invincible north London lair of Finchley. It all proved too much and he abandoned his challenge. 'It was the only seat they could find for me, but I decided not to do it, ' he says. 'If I'd have got 500 votes I'd have been lucky and I'd have lost my £1,500 deposit. I got disillusioned after that and didn't do much in politics.' Just what we need.