An audience with the PM

2 February 2011
On my way home last night I bumped into a neighbour on the train. Good anecdote, eh? Bear with me – it wasn’t our usual train or station, so after we’d said hello, the conversation went a little like this… Neighbour: “I’ve just got back to London, been in Bristol all day and tomorrow I’m off to Wakefield. Where are have you been?” Me: “Me? Oh, I’ve just been to No 10 Downing Street.” Neighbour: “Wow, what was it like?” I gave him the lowdown. But, let’s face it, if I hadn’t met my neighbour on the train I may have just had that conversation with the woman across the row who was quietly reading her book, such was my need to share. The reception at the PM’s pad was for a 100 or so journalists, all members of the British Society of Magazine Editors. I attended with SM editor Steve Bagshaw. So as well as rubbing shoulders with the man himself, we enjoyed canapés and cranberry juice with peers from titles as diverse as Tops of the Pops magazine, Global Corporate Venturing and Classic Angling. After an hour or so of chatter and mini samosas, admiring the artwork in a grand yellow room on the first floor of the giant Georgian house, David Cameron arrived, mixed with the masses and gave a short speech. It was eloquent, witty and effortless. Whether you’re a fan or not – and whether you agree with his politics and policies or not – he is impressive and rightly so. He made time out of his involvement in assuaging the situation in Cairo to encourage us all to continue to inform and educate. With that in mind we grabbed 30 seconds with him to ask if he would consent to help us do just that by granting an interview. We’re hopeful, but whether the man who made procurement an election issue, commissioned an efficiency review just months into his premiership, spoke of an army of armchair auditors and is head of a government introducing a scale of cuts not seen since the 1920s, will be able to do just that, well, you’ll have to watch this space.
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