Thursday, May 15, 2008
An Evening of Political Chat
Just got back from speaking at a private dinner at Grand Paradiso restaurant in Victoria. It was to a group of about 15 under 30s, all of whom are interested in politics to one degree or another, but only one (so far as I could tell) was active in overt party politics. Instead of asking me to do a preapred speech the organiser of the event, Jake Hayman (son of Baroness Hayman, the Speaker of the House of Lords) asked each person to introduce themselves and tell me one thing they would be interested in hearing my views on. It was a really good way to do it as a) I didn't have to prepare anything and b) it ensured I addressed subjects they were interested in. I really did sing for my supper as it entailed nearly three hours of fairly intense, but very enjoyable political banter. I was amused to find out that their guest next month is John McDonnell.