Aaargh…life has take over blogging and I’m fighting for time on the screen. Babies, operations, London, Edinburgh, Commonwealth Games and school holidays have taken over. I knew July would be tough but maybe now it will calm down a little after tonight’s opening ceremony – assuming I work out how to get home with two kids at midnight.
One event I will be ready for is this Friday when I follow up the conversation with Alex Salmond by staging a similar event with Patrick Harvie. These hour-long sessions are illuminating because I try to find out more about the person not just the politician and the policies. What motivates them…how did they get into politics…will they reveal something about themselves…
I try to steer but not to obstruct. Too often our interviews are messy staccato affairs more about the interviewer than the subject. There are times I think for letting the politician lay out their view and vision fully so we can all take what we want from it and obviously disagree where necessary.
Patrick is one of our finest exponents of the political arts and has won awards. He has a lonely job in a big parliament and often the Greens have their policies pinched by others and their agenda flattened. Yet it is surely still the most pressing problem facing us all with or without independence.
You’ll hear him on batemanbroadcasting of course but if you’re in the city why not come along and join the audience. You might even get an autograph! (Patrick’s)
We have a prestigious location – the Grand Central Hotel in Gordon Street in the city centre. We will have a Q and A session afterwards so you can put your points to him – or to me. Come along and meet Patrick. He could have a key role in events after September. Just log on for tickets. It’s in the Clyde Room at the Grand Central at 12.30pm this Friday. See you there. Book here. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-audience-with-patrick-harvie-tickets-12356290999by