Tuesday, August 26, 2008
On air with Princess Steph
One of the hazards of being a councillor is getting a call from Party HQ asking very politely if you'd be able to take part in a radio debate? And it's live. Oh, and in about half an hour.
Whilst I have turned down TV before when I literally know nothing about the subject matter, this slot was hung on a Tory report on teenage health in the North East, so I was able to draw on my knowledge as the previous portfolio holder for health and leisure.
I was up against the Tory PPC for Berwick, who trotted out the usual knocking copy, pretending that somehow government targets were responsible for teenage smoking and drinking in the North East.
Rather than snipe back with some easy political shots, I tried to keep my contribution as factual as possible, pointing out not only the high level cash and organisation coming from the Government, but also how schemes at a very local level are beginning to make a difference, like the healthy school initiative in Darlington. Education needs to reach the children, but parents have to be a key audience too.
And it was a pleasure to be interviewed by Stephanie Finnan - I'm in the demographic where Century Radio plays my kind of music, and I listen to Steph, Scott and Ben on the morning show regularly. Steph even rang me afterwards to thank me for coming on the show. What a princess!