After an early morning campaign meeting and a quick delivery of newsletters in Larkfield, I went to see two residents who had requested to meet me. The meeting lasted two hours and was fascinating, demonstrated by the fact that 24 hours later I am still thinking about much of what we discussed.
Much of the conversation concentrated on religion and in particular Christianity. I consider myself to be a Christian, although I don’t go to church very often, and I would never justify my politics through my religious beliefs like Tony Blair and George Bush often did – not least because, as I explained to the residents, my views on social issues are somewhat liberal and therefore contradictory to more conservative Christian views. Our discussion about the unintended impact on religious thought/practices of political and legislative change was very thought provoking. I am glad I took the time to do the meeting – I am sure it will stand me in good stead in the future.