Monday, September 25, 2006

On the Fringe

Party Conferences are as notable for what happens away from the main hall,
on the so-called fringe.

There are countless events - at least 15 to 20 at any one time. Some are
fairly shameless attempts by various industries to promote themselves. This
afternoon, for example, one event poses the question "Is the health and
fitness industry fit for 2006?" - perhaps you can guess the answer as the
debate is sponsored by the Fitness Industry Association....

Some are "must attend" events. I went along to the New Statesman reception
last night, which had the great and the good from the London media - it was
a little bit of Islington transposed to the banks of the Irwell.

Delegates have to choose carefully, however. I might pop into the
Government of Gibraltar reception this evening not out of my passion for
Iberian politics, but because the food and drink should be good. After all,
a man's gotta eat...

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