Over the past couple of years, if you look at his voting patterns on Camden Council, you might be forgiven for wondering if he has bought himself a few new blue ties.
Cr Copeland always had a conservative outlook, and he never shied away from that in his public positions, but It seems that more recently his voting decisions have almost become at one with the Liberal voting bloc.
Let's go through the numbers.
Voted in opposition to Libs
This is an absolutely fascinating pattern of voting and it had real implications for decision making in Camden as did Greg Warren's win at a State election.
When Cr Greg Warren became the new NSW State Member for Campbelltown in March 2015, the Independents effectively lost a councillor. After his election he attended just five of 17 council meetings in that year and just five of 13 in 2016.
In early 2016, Penny Fischer started to cross the floor more regularly as the bust-up between the Liberal cohort gained momentum.
Instead in 2016, Cr Copeland's vote fell into lock-step with the Liberal bloc, consolidating its stranglehold on the council.
Certainly, it apears the Liberal bloc were quite confident about his voting intentions when in September 2015 he was selected by the Liberal dominated council to be a voting delegate for the 2015 Local Government NSW Conference. He was accompanied by four of Camden's Liberal bloc - Copeland, Fischer (before the branch stacking bust up), Sidgreaves and Fideli.
At the same meeting he also replaced Cr Sidgreaves on the Rural Fire Service Macarthur Zone Liaison Committee.
We are not saying that Cr Copeland has become a Liberal in name or by proxy but his voting record certainly suggests he has shifted his opinions to very close alignment with the Liberal bloc.
He may indeed be completely independent, it is just that by 2016 he has independently come to the same voting positions as his Liberal colleagues on the council.