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
For once Crabtree’s boss, Neal Lawson, looked chuffed at this piece of
publicity for his consultancy. James is our renaissance man, he
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.