Imagine then my delight at coming across this incontestible proof of his Dickensian-ness:
Mr Bumble the beadle................Mr Coleman the mayor
"Mr. Bumble had a great idea of his oratorical powers and his importance."
I rest my case.
I should add here that Brian 'Mr Bumble' Coleman is in no way related to Barnet's other Mr Bumble. This latter Mr Bumble of course, being much-loved at Barnet Football Club...