Campaigning ahead of a local by-election, Nick Clegg recently visited Leicester where residents were ready to give him a warm welcome –
As a part of his visit, I’d discovered that he was due to hold a Q&A session at a city centre cinema which would be open to anyone on a first-come, first-serve basis – providing that people had registered beforehand to facilitate security checks.
What a fantastic idea! I’d love to attend a Q&A session with the Deputy Prime Minister! It would be really exciting to see how Mr Clegg would deal with questions from members of the public.
I duly filled in the form for the security check – I have no criminal record so I wasn’t worried at all about this check. There was also a space for a question to Mr Clegg and I filled this in too. I didn’t think the question was too critical …..
Unfortunately on arrival at the cinema, I discovered that my name was missing off the pre-registration guest list. Did my proposed question offend the organisers? I also noticed that the guest list had everyone’s IP addresses listed. Using this information to profile me, had the organisers been offended by some of the articles featured on this website?
Dejected and disappointed, I joined a rather large group of people whose names were also missing off the list. We were all young, decent looking folk – but not as decent as the well-suited, older, rich looking folk who were quickly being admitted into the Q&A session.
It didn’t appear as if the Q&A session was open admission at all. Anyone not on the pre-registration guest list was promptly ejected from the cinema where the entrances were quickly blocked.
With no option but to leave the cinema, I joined the protestors outside where a reporter from the local newspaper was taking photos -
The protestors were also being motivated by several people with megaphones -
Mr Clegg arrived via the back door, where he was greeted by a friendly bunch –
I was very disappointed at not being able to attend the Q&A session with Mr Clegg. Maybe one day he’ll have enough courage to actually face real questions from members of the general public?