Monday, October 13, 2003

Deckchairs on Titanic

No one will have noticed, indeed no one will give a cheese eating surrender monkey that the Lib dems have reshuffled their frontbench team. Still the someone's got to cover the minutiae of politics.

Personally I like the bit where Matthew Taylor says he hasn't been demoted and will be "key to the strategy". I suspect he will be about as key as a week old raspberry pavlova is to the reproduction of your average Tibetan yak.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003


Well done to Hilary Benn for becoming a cabinet minister at the department for international development only 4 years after becoming an MP. It isn't to suprising as both his father and grand father have been cabinet ministers before him but then they didn't have the handicap of a girls name.

As politics becomes increasingly the preserve of an ever smaller cadre of political hacks expect more of this. A large number of whom will happen to be republicans.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Conference Cold

Thought I escaped this virilent disease but a sniffle on the inevitably delayed train (no driver!) home turned into a full blown case at work yesterday and now I'm knackered just as my to do list is as long as ever.

That said can't wait till Brighton next year.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Confernece latest

Due to organisation difficulties, like booking accommodation at the last minute, had to sleep on a friend's floor last night which was fine except at 4:30 in the morning he started snorring like an elephant with a nasel infection. But hey beggers (bloggers ?) cant be choosers. Will enjoy having my own room tonight.

I was in the conference hall for Blair's speech. Is it just me or does anyone else find the spontaneuos adulation and
standing ovation before he's begun slightly embarrassing. This isn't a point about Blair rather the nature of party conferences and political leaders. Not sure the position of politics is raised in the eyes of the public when political activists behave like a school of superbly trained clapping sealions.

Haven't written as much as I would like as the internet cafes here at conference in Bournmouth tend to be open when the conference is on during the day which is where I am stewarding on the doors. But it presents great opportunities for people spotting. Paxman, Blunkett, Hutton ... ops no name dropping is a bad habit.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Paul Richards

Met paul richards of the thinker last night at the london reception. The man who wrote How to win an election is for the first time since 1997 not contesting a seat. Bad Omen?

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Blog at Bournmouth

Found out today that i'm going to be stewarding in the conference hall from Sunday morning. Also found out that Elinor Goodman political editor of Channel 4 is wearing new marks and spencer gear. Btw some guy with a big curely haircut and a dodgy blue patterned jumper just walked past, think he was the prime ministers chief of staff. Off to a reception...

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Beating about the bush

I culled this from a left wing email list

"Bush is to play a four day state visit to London in November. There is only one response to this - The TUC must call a stoppage of work
to coincide with the visit"

Somehow I suspect that not all trade unionists let alone all workers would want to lose a day's pay because Bush will be coming to London. The left's faith in human nature is incredible.


I managed to crash and burn as expected.

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