Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part LXXXII: Irfan Ahmed

(Irfan Ahmed)

Irfan Ahmed: I am a 17 year old Lib Dem blogger and a member of the party since December 2007. I am currently I am a student at College studying ICT and politics.

What made you decide to start blogging?

I want to express my opinion and commentary about politics locally and nationally. I intended to amuse a dozen or so people a day but readership has grown since and currently is a couple of hundred people a day.

What is your best blogging experience?

Being known by many high profile people as a blogger and being spotted out in an audience by Gordon Prentice MP for being "Irfan Ahmed".

And your worst?

Being accused of being a homophobic and anti Jewish after I made comments on my blog that were made without thinking about the consequences or thinking about what I was blogging. With blogging it comes with the territory, you need to be able to take rants and attacks at you by other bloggers and commenter's.

What do you regard as your best blog entry?

I don't think I have written my best blog entry, personally I think they are all my best entries.

Favourite blogs?

I read many blogs but some of my favourite include Recess Monkey, Iain Dale's Diary, the former Pendle Truth and

What inspired you to go into politics?

I am not in politics, I am actually on the sidelines and poking fun at politicians and giving my commentary of whats going on in the world of politics on my blog.

How did your blog in support of Lembit Opik come about and why are you a fan?

It came about after Lembit Opik was not invited into the shadow Lib Dem cabinet at the last reshuffle by Nick Clegg MP. The whole point of the blog is to promote Lembit so one day Nick will realise he needs Lembit and invite him back into the winning team.
I became a fan of Lembit after seeing his bid for President of the Liberal Democrats which I supported as I still believe he is the right man for Lib Dem president.

You also run a blog on worries people have of a Tory government. Do we take this to mean that whatever you think of Labour, you prefer a Labour government to a Conservative one?

I believe that Labour need a coalition with the Lib Dems which will organise them and make them into a party that can benefit this country, something they currently are not doing. I think the Conservatives are the party of the devil and if they were running the Country they would run it down like Margaret Thatcher did!

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

I haven't been to the USA and would like to visit the states and blog from the Oval office!

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

I can't choose which country I would revisit so I shall mention both, Pakistan because its my where my parents are from and its my second home after the UK and Saudi Arabia as its a wonderful place to visit especially for pilgrimage

Who, excluding the present leader, do you regard as the best Liberal Democrat/Liberal/SDP Party leader, and if different, the best Prime Minister?

Charles Kennedy

Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?

Muhammed Ali Jinnah for his determination to create a Country for Muslims in Asia which today stands as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Favourite Bond movie?

Die Another Day

Favourite Doctor Who?

Not interested at all in Doctor Who.

Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?


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


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

London and maybe some sea side town!

Favourite national newspaper?

I don't read papers, I rather read blogs and support fellow bloggers with increasing their readership then buy a newspaper. Blogs are cheaper to read as well!

What would you say your hobbies were?

Blogging, Social Networking, ICT, Cricket and just socialising with people!

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

The Quran and that's about it, don't get much time to read books especially when your a blogger!


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