April 18, 2010
OK, I have a confession to make. As a largely secular Jew (a small-l liberal Jew, perhaps), I am not shomer shabbat. So, on Saturday, I was out and about in the glorious sunshine with my Lib Dem team, handing out leaflets and talking to people locally. We got a very positive reception from a lot of people and the weather made it great fun. And then who should I see walking towards me but Lord Levy himself.
I was talking at the time to a lady who is very sadly homeless, but I broke off to acknowledge Lord Levy as he walked by. He smiled back with perfect courtesy and said nothing, unlike one of the chaps he was with, who launched into a - is "tirade" too strong a word? I fear not. He wanted to know how I had the effrontery to stand on the streets of Hendon, etc, etc. I was going to argue back when I remembered that I was already in the middle of a conversation with someone else, so I broke off and that was the end of that.
I shall continue to have the effrontery to campaign on the streets of Hendon. People fought and died in wars for my right to do so.
Matthew Harris is the Lib Dem candidate for Hendon.
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