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Follow this link to see me asking Cleggy a question in the Q&A yesterday, and him starting to answer and then sprinting off down a tangent about interns, which really WASN'T what I asked about at all.

For the linkophobes, my question was:
How do you propose we push for more diversity in Westminster, not just in terms of gender and sexuality and race, but also in terms of wealth and class?

And I was supposed to get a supplementary question and didn't. I guess this is what I get for slagging FCC off so much... ;)

Apparently the beeb also keep showing a clip of me coming down an escalator on the news this morning, so I suspect I am going to get lots of people telling me they saw me on the telly when I get home.

Anyway, I was quite surprised and gratified to get such a big round of applause for my question, mildly annoyed but less surprised when Cleggy didn't really have an answer, and utterly amazed at the number of people who came up to me to thank me afterwards, or tell me what a good question they thought it was, and there is a real hunger to do something about it. Obviously there is the leadership programme, and the CGB and the SAO formerly known as Delga, and EMLD and various others have been trying for some years to do stuff about it. Perhaps there should be a more unified and consistent approach?

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)
From: [personal profile] matgb
*cough*link needs an /a in it somewhere ;-)

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Liff)
From: [personal profile] davegodfrey
I can see why you thought internships was a tangent. But I can also see how it links in to your question. It is something you could use to push for more diversity, but is currently doing nothing of the sort.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burkesworks
If Clegg thinks that (presumably unpaid) internships will be of any use to the "economically disadvantaged" he is living in cloud cuckoo land. Of course, it is not just he or his party at fault here; it's true right across the political spectrum.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
sashajwolf: photo of Blake with text: "reality is a dangerous concept" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
If that's what he said, I shall be very disappointed. I believe our official position is that all internships should be paid, and that all our party internships at what was Cowley St/is now Great George St are paid as of this fiscal year.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)
From: [personal profile] matgb
In the fuss he references last year he ended up getting attacked for hypocrisy because he was saying unpaid internships are unfair while many LD MPs were doing unpaid stuff-that's now changed/changing.

I think he's basically right-he got a goo start partially as his Dad arranged an unpaid internship for him, he could afford it and it was family contacts. Neither of them would've been available to me (from a relatively comfortable but by no means wealthy background) let alone someone genuinely poor.

It's more 'stop perpetuating privilege through internships' as a priority, but opening them up to merit appointment does make sense.

Paid internships would advantage those who get them I think-for some, actually seeing what a decent job actually entails would be useful in and of itself, especially a job at a senior level.

Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Liff)
From: [personal profile] davegodfrey
'tis a good thing I'm not a party leader. I'd go off on tangents all the time, and never end up properly answering a question.

Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoeimogen.livejournal.com
I guess the reason you didn't get your supplimentary was because the Clegg Q&A session was one area of conference where Wiseman (who was chairing it), didn't get his way. Clegg just did what he wanted!

Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarabian.livejournal.com
Great question. My abiding memory of the people at the LibDem conference I went to was men, white men, in suits and ties - and a lady knitting , and a man with green wellies, but 95% of the speakers looked like business men

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