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07 May 2010 @ 05:45 pm
Election - boo...  
Well, the overall result is as I mostly thought it would be, so I'm going to concentrate on local matters. Which are pants. Dr Evan Harris in Oxford West (Lib Dem, lovely science advocate) lost to a tory, dammit, by less than 200 votes. And my constituency, Oxford East, stayed Labour, which isn't so bad, but I don't like the incumbent, Andrew Smith, at all. And it could have gone Lib Dem and didn't. So - boo.

On the other hand, filming at the alternative election night last night was good fun. It was much less spontaneous than I'm used to, but that was obviously because it was live. It was a very well oiled machine, which was a pleasure to see. Charlie Brooker is charmingly hot in person, like a good-looking bulldog, and David Mitchell in full on suit... Ahem. He was also ridiculously nervous, imo, because of the live thing, I assume. Jimmy Carr was a deeply professional, very lovely man, who shook our hands at the end when we thanked him for a good show. And my 15 minutes of fame can count down another 30 seconds or so, because fairyd123 got asked a question and everything! And I got to smile sympathetically and pat her shoulder :)
 
 
 
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on May 7th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
We saw. You were pulling faces behind Charlie Brooker at the start, were you aware? ;-)
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on May 12th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh dear - no, I wasn't! I didn't think I was in shot at the beginning, dammit! It was tiring always being 'on', much more so than other filmings I've been to.
archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on May 7th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Cool on the 30 seconds of fame!
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on May 12th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hee. I was interviewed on local radio once, and was on local news protesting twice, I think, so add this on and I've got about 13 minutes of fame left! Plenty, I think :)
{    ♫ siri ♫    }: politiks + theuk + liberal democratsthisissirius on May 7th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
i saw you! and ugh, i loved that program all the way through. those three are a team.

the result is less than perfect :(
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on May 12th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
They were very professional, Jimmy in particular - but then he loves doing live stuff! I thought David was nervous, but not on camera, so that was ok - and I got to stare at his arse in tightly stretched suit fabric as he repeatedly sat on the table - so. Win - win? :)
fairyd123: Blinkfairyd123 on May 7th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. There wasn't much interaction with the audience and I was worried you'd be disappointed - he looked so incredibly nervous bless him. Came away very impressed with Jimmy Carr - his sense of humour is still not my cup of tea but he was a really nice bloke.

Still at least you got to appreciate David's trim self from different angles.

Today have been met with various choruses of "You were on the telly!" and "bloody hell another red in the office" which was most amusing!

And yes I thought of you when I read about Evan Harris - very disappointing news that.
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on May 12th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
And now we have a coalition! I think that might come round to biting Nick Clegg on the arse eventually - isn't he going to lose grass roots support? Even with the promise of a referendum? And having talked with various peeps, I'm a bit disappointed the referendum will be on AV and not AV+, which sounds much better. Dammit. Still not happy with the result.

But David is well worth staring at, even though he's tons better when he's bantering, than on autocue... :)
fairyd123: Blossonfairyd123 on May 12th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
I think the result is a bit of a travesty. Had a conference today and everyone was sort of find the nearest window ledge depressed at the prospect of a Tory government. I think Clegg will lose a lot of support over this - its a big mistake for him.

I thought David was great when bantering but looked horribly uncomfortable initially but then it was a huge live show for him.
prochytes: Lukeprochytes on May 8th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
Dr Evan Harris in Oxford West (Lib Dem, lovely science advocate) lost to a tory, dammit, by less than 200 votes.

I know. Feck. The new Tory broom is an alumna of my College as well. Insult to injury.

Very pleased you had such a good time!
Valderys: David Mitchellvalderys on May 12th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Good to know more about the PR options too - it was a useful end of game discussion! :)

I want David Mitchell as our PM - except then he wouldn't be allowed to be funny.

Lembit Opik was on Have I Got News For You straight after the election and losing his seat - he was funny, but also really cut up about it, you could tell. They ripped the hell out of him anyway :)
prochytesprochytes on May 12th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Good to know more about the PR options too - it was a useful end of game discussion! :)

Yes, indeed. The DM is very knowledgeable about these things.

[I still need to tell arachnekallisti about the play. I mean to do it in person, to capture the expressions.]

Lembit Opik was on Have I Got News For You straight after the election and losing his seat

I know two stories about him from reasonably reliable sources: both concern his libido, and neither is to his credit. I always admire someone who can take defeat on the chin like that, though (cf. Michael Portillo).