Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part CXLIX: Rupert Read
The desire to reach my potential voters without mediation.
My worst experience is probably looking back on some really old/early posts from time to time and thinking ‘Jeez, I sounded a bit stiff back in that one', or the like. Plus the time I got threatened with legal action because of a poorly (sarcastically and over-concisely) titled blogpost...
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
What inspired you to go into politics?
What is the best thing and the worst thing about being a councillor?
Best thing: The chance to make a difference. I am immensely proud for example of the 20mph speed limits in a large chunk of my own ward and of two other wards in Norwich. These would not have happened, without me.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
Bulgaria and Rumania. It’s on my 'gap year' list, if I ever get a gap year.
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Ireland. The whole country has a somewhat magical feel to it. I'll never forget my time for instance in those stunning peninsulas south-west of Cork. I'd also love to return to Northern Ireland, where I had a fascinating (and terrifying) time as an amateur student reporter, back during the Troubles.
Interesting question! I'm inclined to plump for the great Mike Woodin, like me a Balliol man, and someone who should have been in the Cabinet or something, rather than dying tragically young. He was a truly inspirational thinker and speaker, and I'm proud to have known him, albeit far too briefly.
Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?
Petra Kelly. When I met her while at Oxford, she struck me as a true model for a politician / for a statesman (stateswoman), because of the way she exuded integrity.
Favourite Bond movie?
Tricky... I'm not a big Bond fan, these days!
Favorite Doctor Who?
Tricky for a different reason: there are too many great ones! But for me at the end of the day it still has to be Tom Baker. "I am a timelord, I walk in eternity!" No-one could say that like he did.
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Mint of course.
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?I saw Radiohead before they were famous. Amazingly, they weren't very good! If I could go back in time, I would love to see the Floyd in concert in the late 60s and early 70s.
I would go for Cambridge. The architecture! But of course I am very fond too of Oxford, from my days studying and learning politics there. Both places also have great Green Councillors! ;-)
Favourite national newspaper?
Le Monde Diplomatique: http://mondediplo.com/
What would you say your hobbies were?
Gardening. And laughing at LibDem graphs.
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?Songs: