The presentation was set up and Robin Walker sat and watched attentively, he seemed to be quite taken with the proposal to have a way of representing young people who cannot vote within parliament by way of a green ombudsman like they have had in Hungry since 2008. However having shown initial enthusiasm, he cooled to the idea and became a little warm under the collar during the question and answer session had with us.
The problem that I had personally with the Q&A session was not that in turned into a debate (almost all-out war) or that we are politically very different, it was that throughout I felt like he was attempting to pacify me either by ignoring the question entirely or by saying he agreed with me and then proceeding to tell me all of the reasons he actually completely disagreed. The discussion covered many issues such as house of lords reform, the ‘big society’ (I’m still at a loss as to what this is all about) and nationalisation, this was excellent because it highlighted how government’s use of short term solutions effects every single part of policy making and why we should be successful in our campaigns aims.
In spite of this Robin Walker was decidedly against the proposal because ‘it needed more work’ and because there were already schemes that were designed to do just this. It is clear that these are not working. I will be, with the help of other volunteers, be refining the campaign in order to put it back to Mr Walker at a later date.
Maybe next time he will shake the hand of the youth leader as he leaves.