My co-author Jo Phillips asks what constitutes a pamphlet. If Kevin Maguire is right and Why Vote? is a pamphlet rather than a book, it would make us Pamphleteers, which is the highest praise someone on the Left can bestow.
Among the great Pamphleteers have been Paine, Milton, Locke, Swift, Defoe (Daniel, not Jermain), and Addison. Should the names of Phillips and Seymour now be added to that estimable list? Modesty forbids us accepting that accolade.
But I am sure I speak for Jo, too, when I say that we are grateful Kevin thinks of us that way. Unless, of course, he is not of the Left at all and doesn’t understand what he is saying.
Did an hour with my old friend Ian Collins on his Talksport show last night. Ian and I go back years to when he was a presenter and I was a newsreader on Invicta Radio in Kent and he's always managed to combine a sharp political brain with the light touch of an excellent broadcaster. I was expecting to have to battle to persuade people why they should vote but all bar one of the callers was a committed and regular voter and she'd given up out of sheer disillusionment with politicians . Always hard to argue against that when people feel their trust has been betrayed. Wouldn't it be great if everyone campaigning and canvassing in this election under promised and over delivered for a change,treated the electorate like adults and recognised the implicit contract between the voters and those who get our precious votes.
No doubt more on disillusion, betrayal and broken promises at the Institute of Ideas conference on March 20th where both David Seymour & I are speaking. IoI events are always stimulating, thought provoking and fun so we're much looking forward to being part of this.
And, nice to be wanted after he snub from my local bookshop in Whitstable which isn't stocking Why Vote because ... " we tend to sell remaindered books and customers don't like paying full price. " To which I say, sell the whole series on a special offer !
I literally bumped into Kevin Maguire, the Mirror's political editor who commented on the fact that David Seymour and I had written " a pamphlet".
"It's a book, not a pamphlet", I harrumphed. And then got to wondering is there a definition of length or size for either? Pamphlets have been the mainstay of political and creative writing for years but is there something a bit infradig about a pamphlet - feels like junk mail or some health advisory stuff from the NHS. Is a pamphlet the printed version of a tweet ? Answers on a postcard perhaps.
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Shahrar Ali, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Brent Central and author of Why Vote Green, will be speaking at a public meeting on Tuesday 2 March at 7.30pm in Willesden Green Library Centre. Shahrar will talk about the need for humans to face up to the climate change challenge on both a local and global scale through radical social and political action. The event, entitled "After Copenhagen: How do we fight Climate Change?", is organised by the Campaign Against Climate Change and is open to all.