A think and a drink at the Policy Exchange Christmas Drinks, run by Nick Boles (pictured), an excellent guy. The event was held at the Millbank Lounge. I’d been there once before, when they wrote to me enticing me to Speed Network there, following this article. At the time, I’d thought it was too far out of the way, but I’ve changed my mind – it’s a cracking venue for a party and this one did not disappoint.
David Cameron kicked off proceedings with an upbeat speech in which he praised PE for being voted ‘think tank of the year’ and I wasted no time in telling Andrew Neil about Make Your Mark with a Tenner, which he asked to be kept posted on.
A highlight of my evening was a brief encounter with none other than Mr. Guido Fawkes himself. I’ve read and enjoyed Guido’s blog for some time and it is often just the ticket for a light-hearted way to tune out at lunchtime. I’m constantly amazed by the number of times that he is a couple of days ahead of the nationals on breaking news and political gossip.
One story which sums up for me how the voice of an individual (like Guido) is now louder than ever, goes back to the launch of WebCameron.
Webcameron was launched shortly after David Miliband’s wiki experiment came to an early end. Many of the drive-by trouble makers had, it seemed, been rallied by Mr. Fawkes via his blog. In due course, WebCameron was launched, though this time, with the site administrator choosing to moderate posts. As David Cameron published his first blogroll (of sites ‘he’ likes), it was no surprise to see that one of the first three entries was none other than Guido himself… Although the see-saw ought to be massively imbalanced, it seems that the blogosphere is a great leveler and politicians do well to keep on the right side of Guido Fawkes.