Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part CXLV: Hadleigh Roberts
What is your best blogging experience?
And your worst?
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
My absolute favourite is Max Atkinson’s blog about speechwriting and communication. As a linguist by trade, I find his posts incredibly interesting.
What is there in French politics that we can learn from?
It’s difficult to say if we can take anything directly, because political systems produce their own political culture. They have much more active local politics, but that is because local government actually has some power, and the Mayor is elected directly in every city and town.
Who did you back in the recent Labour leadership ballot and why?
I voted for David Miliband. I just thought he was better placed and politically wiser.
Where is Labour lacking in the blogging community, and if we are lacking in some areas, what can we do to redeem it?
GroupThink. All the Labour blogs seem to say the same thing which just makes them boring. As a wider movement there should be any number of different perspectives and variety, which aren’t at all mutually exclusive. It seems to just be an echo-chamber for the party lines. Look at LabourList and tell me I’m wrong.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
I’ve yet to visit Germany, though I think that having lived in France for a year already, I’d better go and see Paris properly first!
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
I’d go back to Nice at any opportunity to see all my friends and colleagues.
Who do you regard as the best British Prime Minister, and if different, the best Labour leader?
As Prime Minister I choose Tony Blair for the way that he tried to put socialist values in the
Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?
Charles de Gaulle. No question about it.
Favourite Bond movie?
Favorite Doctor Who?
Never watched it.
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
The Bee Gees
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?
Marlborough. My grandfather used to live there and I’d like to take a photo of me as an adult outside his old house.
Favourite national newspaper?
Libération. Like the French version of the Guardian, except they kept the faith.
What would you say your hobbies were?
I’d say politics was a hobby, given my linguistics background. Otherwise I do debating, and a little bit of media. Anything related to language and communication, essentially.
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
Staying Alive, Bee Gees
Salut, Joe Dassin
Letters to my grandchildren: Thoughts on the future - Tony Benn
Devil’s Advocate – John Humphrys