To the infamous Millbank Tower tonight for the launch of the new Total Politics magazine. The launch was fun – lots of support for my views on “happiness” from MPs of all parties, which is very encouraging.
The last time I was here was in 1999 for my interview for Labour’s parliamentary candidates list (and we all know how that turned out…). I remember very well the reassurances I received in advance of the interview (“It’s very straightforward – the questions are easy”) and the actual first question I was asked: “How do you respond to critics who say the government has double standards in its respective policies towards Kosovo and East Timor?”
I was erudite and intelligent in my response which, I seem to remember, began with “Huh…?”