DIARY: Poetic lobbyists set the Radio 4 metre running

The party conference season is turning lobbyists into poets. Last week’s Lib Dem conference in Harrogate saw KPMG public affairs director Neil Sherlock - a Liberal Democrat himself - read one of his poems on Radio 4’s current affairs programme Broadcasting House.

The party conference season is turning lobbyists into poets. Last

week’s Lib Dem conference in Harrogate saw KPMG public affairs director

Neil Sherlock - a Liberal Democrat himself - read one of his poems on

Radio 4’s current affairs programme Broadcasting House.



Last Sunday it was the turn of LLM consultant James Crabtree to take the

stand with a spoof version of John Betjeman’s Executive. Crabtree, who

writes poetry in his spare time, claims to have penned the ode in half

an hour.



For once Crabtree’s boss, Neal Lawson, looked chuffed at this piece of

publicity for his consultancy. James is our renaissance man, he

beams.



Crabtree, who could also lay claim to the title of Bourne-mouth’s

tallest lobbyist, is more sanguine about the effect his poetry has had

on his reputation. ’Neal’s kids previously thought I was a cool person

because I had South Park on my computer’. He coyly refuses to show me a

copy of his ode.



Broadcasting House, which runs at 9.30am on Sunday mornings, is now

looking for a Tory lobbyist for next Sunday’s slot, just before the

Conservative party conference.



Any takers?



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