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.

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