The first time I raised these local issues with Gerald Vernon-Jackson

Years ago.

I barged into what looked like a strategy meeting at the local LibDem office and demanded to know what they were going to do about the relentless targeting of certain business owners in Portsmouth. Visibly impressed with how I presented myself, GVJ came outside and we talked, briefly.

After hearing me, he barged into a local establishment, revealing to me that he had zero insight in local cultural differences. I won’t say any more about that, to protect certain others in this town.

He gave me his card and told me to e-mail him. About the fact that among other things I was being hacked to pieces. Yeah right. But to be fair, I do not think that I had given him that detail yet.

Bottom-line was that he seemed someone who meant well and was enthusiastic and impulsive – a bit like me in a way – and charismatic but not necessarily blessed with a great deal of insight. I am not necessarily blessed with a great deal of insight either, but I’ve been around and I’ve learned a heck of a lot along the way. Among other things, I’ve learned that I know very little.

He gave me the impression that he presented well but would be pretty useless when it came to the crunch.

That is why I did not follow it up at the time.


PS
I was able to get to talk with him back then because he had no idea who I was. This was before Donna Jones (Conservatives) became PCC’s leader, I think.

Sorry Gerald, you are a really nice guy and much more charismatic than I am. But… And then again, I too get underestimated all the time and it has its advantages too. In the long run, it doesn’t matter.

 

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