Labour new and old
Hosted a meeting for George Galloway yesterday - speaking to a couple of dozen kids from Bethnal Green Technology College. Such energy and intensity - took me back to the days when Old Labour really believed in itself. Far too young - he's going to be around for decades yet. Claims that Respect put on 10,000 members at freshers fairs this autumn. Thank goodness UKIP has no-one like him.
Went straight on to question Geoff Hoon about the passarelle (an EU mechanism for moving things from unanimity to majority voting). Heavily minded by a civil servant of extraordinary focus - had almost no presence in the room, all centered on keeping Hoon on track. A wasted hour, as you would expect. And they say he's to be the next Lord Chancellor!