I don't know about you, but I sometimes find myself watching Portillo's Dinners on BBC 4, where he has guests from various political parties, coupled with people in the media etc.. and they discuss various important topics.
That said, I am not a fan as such in that I don't set out to watch the programme but if I am flicking channels and it is on, well...
Anyway I was reminded of this when I was debating Gordon Brown's brilliant budget with various people on Kerron's blog and the idea came to me that, if I had a choice, which ten political leaders from the three main parties since 1945, living or dead, would I invite to dinner.
Then the thought came to me that I would be intrigued what others' choices would be, so I will throw down the gauntlet for others. Bear in mind you have the choice of five or ten, but it has to be either of those, and you have to mention why.
In any case here is my list:
Clement Attlee (No nonsense chap, helped bring in a raft of reforms, Welfare State and NHS)
Harold Wilson (Friendly, into football and HP Sauce, and helped found the OU and ratified EEC entry with a referendum)
Neil Kinnock (Have actually met him, fiarly amiable, animated, and helped make Labour electable again)
John Smith (Fairly amiable, but relished a good argument, and, again, helped a great deal to make Labour re-electable)*
*Would have inc Gaitskell or Callaghan, but I told myself to keep to a set no
Sir Winston Churchill (Do I need a reason)
Harold Macmillan (Great raconteur, but also a very left-wing Conservative)
Sir Edward Heath (Underneath all that sulking, a fairly decent guy)
William Hague (Looks like a good chap to have a debate with) *
*I would include John Major and Sir Alec Douglas Home, but ditto above
Jo Grimmond (I would want to ask him how the Liberals managed to survive in the 1950s)
David Owen (On how he sees himself politically now)
People whose lists I would like to see: Kerron, Jo, Antonia, Louisa, Travis (Which US Presidents if stuck), Skuds, Andrew at B4L, Norm, PooterGeek, Neil at BrightonRegency, Lisa Rullsenberg, and Andrew at WongaBlog