Conference queue could be terminal

As PRWeek's rep in Brighton queued for four hours (238 minutes to be precise) on Sunday for the privilege of attending the Labour conference, one couldn't help being reminded of Saatchi & Saatchi's 'Labour Isn't Working' poster campaign of 1979.

The queue, which must have been all of 200 metres long, was for 'late

accreditations' - all those who applied in the last few weeks but had

had their passes granted by the Labour Party and ready to pick up.

As the procession crept stoically along, one elderly resident enquired

why so many people were lined outside her doorstep. Cigarette butts

discarded 15 minutes earlier were observed, in despair, on the paving

slab just two feet behind. People spoke of 'losing the will to live' as

they contacted colleagues via mobile phone.

Why had Labour made it so laborious? Sure, security was understandably

tight in light of recent events, but not that slow. On entering the home

straight, one could see the Labour Party had just one computer terminal

processing passes.

Exasperating stuff. As for next year, like they used to say in the old

New Labour days, 'things can only get better'.

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