Friday, February 20, 2009

Meeting Vince Cable MP

In preparation of my FOCUS, a friend suggested to me (thanks, Adam) that I contact Vince Cable MP.

You don’t need to be a political fan to know that Vince Cable’s star has risen sharply over the last few years. The Lib Dem Treasury spokesman correctly forewarned us about the recession, is one of the best parliamentarians in the UK, and is also well known from his spells as acting leader of the party.

It is a sad fact of our party political and electoral systems that next year the Chancellor grappling with the worst recession for decades is likely to be Alastair Darling or George Osbourne (doesn’t fill you with much confidence, does it?) while talented people in other parties have to stay on the fringes. Whoever becomes PM, inviting Vince Cable into Number 11 would be a wise policy. But I digress.

As I work just down the road from Westminster, I emailed Mr Cable to ask if he would agree to our photograph to be taken – while hoping I wouldn’t be kicked out of the party for impertinence. To my surprise, ten minutes after pressing the Send button, a call from his office arrived inviting me over the next day.

Vince Cable’s outer office is what you imagine a real political office to look like – small, warm, shelves full of papers and box files, documents pinned on walls, and four young assistants busy on preparing papers, speeches and presentations. Then Mr Cable himself appeared, we shook hands, and went next door into a larger office. Despite problems with the camera flash, he and his team were very patient and I got a couple of good pictures. I thanked him for his time and then left. All very quick but then they are busy people.

So here’s one of the pics with my thanks again to Vince Cable and his team.

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