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Written on April 16, 2005, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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I was finally able yesterday to meet Emily Thornberry yesterday. I accompanied her as she knocked on doors two blocks from my place, and I got to interview her which will (once I have had a chance to edit it) appear here. Less than 3 weeks to go and the two main flavours of this election so far seem to be Michael Howard’s xenophobic campaign and voter apathy. The Conservative strategy is so easy to mock (make your own poster here) but apathy is far more difficult to counter.

I had 3 hours to chat with Emily and her able assistant John as we stomped the streets of Islington’s social housing. The delay was caused by her participation in a Labour press conference with Gordon Brown, on one of Labour’s successes, Surestart, which has put money into early child development. A noble effort, helping the young citizens of Britain to be less stupid. I watched the news later to see if I could spot her, but the edit was merciless, not even Gordon got a speaking part, and I only recognised her in a long shot and a half-second cream-suited exit.

I’m going to work on writing a full account of yesterday’s mission. For now suffice to say, Emily was very helpful and charming, and I was more than happy with the interview. The only dumb thing I did was call her Emma as soon as the DAT was recording. I’m still trying to blush.

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This thing has 4 Comments

  1. Ryaninja
    Posted 16 April, 2005 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    As I don’t really have a political persuasion, per say.
    I think it’s a good plan to vote for the party that will help to produce more intelligent people. I hate stupidity, it’s worse than being extremely ugly. At least if it looks like your face has been beaten with a snow shovel, you can hide it with a balaclava or a fancy dress costume (I recommend Spiderman), but if you’re stupid, people will always know, even if you are wearing that spideman costume (and it’s on inside-out you muppet).

    Either that, or vote for the Party with the finest collection of hats.

  2. transience
    Posted 17 April, 2005 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    cool. can’t wait for that piece.

  3. Jay
    Posted 17 April, 2005 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Everyone screws up, at least you got it out of the way fairly quickly 🙂

  4. Laurie
    Posted 17 April, 2005 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have any idea what you’re saying this month. It’s not that I’m not intelligent, it’s just that my mind seems to put up an iron, inpenetrable wall when the subject turns to politics.

    That being said, I’m still reading every word. I love reading anything your write, even about (iron wall going up, must hurry) politics.

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