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Saturday and Sunday....

First time in Blackpool, and it is a bit of a culture shock. Despite not going out of my way to dress up for the occasion, the locals etc can tell I’m not here for a stag night. Maybe it is obvious because I’m not wearing a football shirt.

Passing a club with Dizzy and another mate, someone shouted out ‘free entry for Tories’. We decided not to take up the offer, as I suspect the prize was going to be a kick in the shin. Hey ho.

Having got my days mixed up we headed for the Freedom Association bash at the Hilton, which is in fact scheduled for today. Still, the bar was quite pleasant, especially when the SE9 Tendency rolled and stood the drinks tab. Thanks chaps.

Dizzy finally got his pass at the third attempt. He has seethed at length elsewhere, but seems somewhat cheered now, and we have repaired to the Winter Gardens. The Winter Gardens is a magnificent building, if showing its age in places. What is amusing is that the building is filled with folk handing out leaflets, which all seems a tad Socialist Worker. Mind you, I have joined Conservative Friends of Israel, which I should have done years ago.

Meanwhile, there is a chap outside haranguing the great and good (and the rest of us) over the infamy of selling cigarettes in sweetshops, and he also seems to think that smoking causes the sea level to rise. As I said to a friendly plod (who was being singled out for a special harangue because the smoking enthusiast was not allowed over the barriers), he seems to have opinions far in advance of current thinking. He also reckoned that cigarettes were more deadly than bullets, which would put quite a spin on the last cigarette for the condemned man in front of a firing squad. Notable also is that there is a disability scooter shop opposite the main entrance to the conference.

Anyway, less guff and more substance later, once I've attended a few fringe meetings and been dragged away from the bar.

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Blogger Justin Hinchcliffe said... 2:55 pm

Could have told you that it's a shithole. Manchester next year, which I am looking forward to.

Do you know that it's very possible to go through conference without buying a single drink or sandwich?  



Anonymous verity said... 3:52 pm

Do you know that it's very possible to go through conference without buying a single drink ...?

But can you buy doubles?  



Anonymous Neil Reddin said... 5:14 pm

Do you know that it's very possible to go through conference without buying a single drink or sandwich?

Very true - even breakfast can be covered with the right choice of event (though a decent night-time tenure in the conference hotel bar might make that a trickier proposition).  



Blogger Carnival of said... 9:43 pm

cadging is very poor form and best left to the likes of Newmainia.

This style is perfect for reporting on the conference C, I hope you keep it up all week.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:28 am

Blackpool is not a shit hole J. I should know because I spent my childhood there.  



Blogger Mermaid of Moorgate said... 9:12 am

Hello!!! I am interviewing Geoff Hoon at 1:30 today at Downing Street.

I will be asking him questions about his role as City Minister and Chief Whip, what Labour's plans for London are (business, Finance, Crossrail) etc.

If you have any questions (sensible ones) please post them on my blog and I will ask them for you!!  



Blogger Justin Hinchcliffe said... 1:38 pm

2Blackpool is not a shit hole J. I should know because I spent my childhood there" - you must be a one Cllr. Matt Davies! (-:  



Blogger Darkersideofbridgetjones said... 3:28 pm

No Justin, it's me Catriona. I, spent my childhood there!  



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