The PM came to town last Friday on the campaign trail and it was fascinating to see him in action at close quarters. I was also glad to shake his hand and share a few words with him. What a nice man.
He arrived at BHASVIC to a rapturous welcome. The students from all over Brighton were on their feet clapping enthusiastically and there were some whoops and cheers. I was quite surprised: it could have been a bit ‘meh’. I’m sure having Eddie Izzard in tow can’t have hurt. I didn’t hear it all: but I thought he gave a rather good Q&A.
And so down to the seafront. I’d asked some friends of mine to come down and meet him at Al Frescos. Not party members but sympathetic locals: I deliberately asked a few folk I know who have voted Green to come along. Gordon met everyone and was very pleasant before press and media and pics and the like.
The bit I liked best came later. He went down to the kid’s playground (to the crowd that had gathered) and pressed the flesh. It was unplanned, unscripted, unfettered, and unmediated. The crowd was warm. The PM was happy to chat with parents and kids got a friendly handshake, a high five or a pat on the head. A large throng gathered.
The reaction was very positive. Very, very friendly. One bloke thrust his hand forward and effusively thanked the PM for all the work he has done saving the economy. For a man who is entirely bereft of showbiz, this was a celebrity welcome.
Soon he was gone, heading towards Hastings in a big black car (he’d come to Brighton by train). Eddie Izzard was last seen getting into a rather shabby silver Fiesta. I’m not sure that was as planned.