No Guardians in Finchley
The Green Party descended en masse on Mrs Thatcher’s old fiefdom for our spring conference. As a result, by 10 a.m. on Saturday there wasn’t a Guardian to be had. The guy in the health food shop was delighted though!
I was there for the Friday and Saturday, and found it a very enjoyable experience, laying aside one or two teensy organisational snafus. The highlights included my brief meeting with Caroline Lucas (see pic) during which we discussed the NHS and the horrors being inflicted on it by the Tory/Labour bunch. She’d made it the centre of her conference speech, and I was meeting her shortly afterwards.
Another highlight was a panel discussion on (in)equality, during which the distressingly youthful Johann Hari and the author/epidemiologist Kate Pickett rocked the joint with a combination of hard if upsetting facts and rousing invective! We gave them a standing ovation and all felt a little less isolated in our struggle against the forces of darkness.
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