Last Thursday, despite being full of the cold, I headed to Glasgow to see Alistair Darling have a chat for an hour and a half with Jim Naughtie.
I wrote about it here on Liberal Democrat Voice. I quite enjoyed seeing Darling in a more conversational setting because he is funny and interesting. It doesn’t always come across that way, though:
I think we get the best of him that way. I don’t think the Better Together communications people play to his strengths. Often when he appears on the political programmes, he’s either on a street corner looking windswept or in a remote studio. He can come across as a bit flat and a bit dour. They need to get him in the room having a proper conversation because he is bright, animated, interesting and funny. There are many logical arguments to vote against independence but we need to express them with warmth, passion and humour to motivate people to do so.
Now the International Network of Street Papers, who organised the event, have put up the video of the interview part of the evening on their website. It’s about 35 minutes long and covers issues like currency, membership of the European Union and what it was like being told that RBS could only last for 2-3 hours before going bust.
It’s worth watching, so enjoy.