George Galloway turns up at the school gates. Much excitement amongst the children, as he's handing out stickers and balloons. (Some of these kids sport big "Vote Respect" stickers the next day, I feel bad because I want them to take them off, yet they are so pleased with their stickers and there's no way they'd understand why they mustn't wear them.) He is a despicable human being but popular around Bow - and I will tell the politicians exactly why, in just 3 words:
He shows up.
(He schmoozes, he courts the poor people, he talks to them, he does that politican's trick of gazing at them as though what they're saying is the most important thing in the world to him. We have not seen head nor hide of any of the other local MPs. Then they wonder why there's apathy and low voter turnout. It's because they aim their campaigning at the middle classes. )
Anyway, one of my colleagues went to see him at the school gate, and they had the following conversation.
GG: What can we do for you? What do you need?
Josh: (deadpan) Well, we need more car parking spaces.
GG: IT'S OUR TOP PRIORITY!
Josh: It's your top priority?
GG: Amongst other things...
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