Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part XXXIII: PJP

PJP has been a Conservative party member for almost two years now and is the Ealing CF chair. He sits on the campaign team of Angie Bray and also hopes to stand as councilor in 2010. Outside of politics, PJP is on a gap year and works full-time at a design company based in maidenhead. He plans to travel widely in the second half of the year before going to university to study history. He has a rather large family, is one of four, and with two married already, the family is still growing! He enjoys music and films, and spends a lot of my free time with friends or girlfriend going to gigs around London! His blog is PJ's Politics


What made you decide to start blogging?

After reading various different blogs for around a year, and commenting on them all, it kind of seemed like the natural thing to do!

What is your best blogging experience?

I don't think anything will be quite as exciting as receiving my very first blog comment. Nothing else springs to mind!

And your worst?

It has to be having Tim Roll-Pickering systematically destroying my angry, anti Lib-Dem post. To be fair to Tim, it was not the most factual piece of writing I have ever done, and I did manage to see the funny side of it...

What do you regard as your best blog entry?

Either this one, on private schools, or my most recent post on HOL reform.

Favourite blogs?

Iain Dale, Guido, Tim Roll-Pickering, Mars Hill, ConHome, A Liberal Goes A Long Way and John Redwood's Diary.

What inspired you to go into politics?

My AS level politics teacher. He taught me to always do what I enjoy, and that is politics!

As a Conservative, how do you justify your being a fan of Tony Blair?

Well, "fan" might be a strong word (I hope you were not quoting me...!), but I can not help but admire him as a brilliant orator, political operator and I always felt that he believed in what he said and did really care about people. Of course, dragging Labour away from the left and into the Thatcherite consensus should earn him respect from Conservatives!

In your proposals for an unelected Lords, how would members be selected?

By an independent panel, made up of teachers, doctors, MPs from every party, civil servants, a few randomly picked members of the electoral register, leaders from the TUC and from the CBI. You get the idea! A cross-section of society, ensuring experts in every field are represented in the Lords, instead of creating another tier of politicians!

Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?

Well, loads! This year I am going traveling so will be visiting Russia, Mongolia, China, India, Thailand, Uganda and South Africa! So I obviously want to visit those countries, but I also want to visit Rome at some point soon!

Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?

California and Cyprus

Who, excluding the present leader, do you regard as the best Conservative Party leader, and if different, the best Prime Minister?

Ah, a tough choice between Thatcher and Churchill! It would have to be Thatcher I guess!

Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?

Churchill. He refused to give in when he knew he was right, whatever was thrown at him. Very few people could read "Churchill" by Jenkins and end up not inspired by Churchill's life and determination.

Favourite Bond movie?

GoldenEye.

Favorite Doctor Who?

Tennant - Never Watched any before the new ones!

Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?

Mint Choc Chip!

Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?

Jimi Hendrix and his band! I always forget the name of the band.

In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby,Leics..?

Oxford as I have never been.

Favourite national newspaper?

BBC website? Telegraph.

What would you say your hobbies were?

Reading, Playing the Piano, Music, Movies, Football and spending time with friends.

And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?

Books; The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (Tolkien), The Fourth Protocol (Forsyth), Les Miserables (Hugo)Songs; All Along the Watchtower (Hendrix Version), Roxanne (The Police), Used 2 Love U (John Legend).

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