Villagers launch John Major Roadshow at the Community College Sawtry. (Click text show button). Villagers launch Major Roadshow
The John Major show hit the campaign trail yesterday before an invited audience of 300 of his Huntingdon constituents, writes Colin Brown. Mr Major, who has a majority of 27,044 – one of the safest seats in the country – was taking no chances in his back yard before setting off on his national election tour later this week. Sitting on a Dave Allen-style bar stool, he immediately set out to dispel the impression that this would be “the grey tour of Britain”. His party’s leaders created a setting never before seen in Britain – the Prime Minister answering questions in a school hall in his shirt sleeves. The idea was borrowed from his Gulf appearance with the troops – in the days when he was allowed to wear a woolly jumper. A charabanc of 20 journalists were ferried to witness the event in Sawtry, a sleepy village of three-bed semis just off the A1 at the turning after the Happy Eater where the residents would normally have been spending there Sunday afternoon snoozing in front of the television with “the match” on. “I just want to explain the concept” said Shaun Woodward, the party’s director of communications. “It’s meet John Major, you’ll have the chance to ask questions at the morning Press conference.” This is a people conference.” Jeffrey Archer, a close friend who organised his nomination papers for the leadership contest, did the warm –up act, extolling the virtues of the boy who had come a long way from Brixton (85 miles providing you avoid the red cones and detours at Hendon). “In the past 12 years, I have had my ups and downs but he remains constant,” said Mr Archer. The Prime Minister answered 13 questions – including two on the NHS, two on education, three on defence, four on the economy and one on a message to the England team – before the John Major chat show was wound up with a signal from Sir Norman Fowler, the former Cabinet minister who is acting as “minder and impresario” for the tour. The people of Sawtry, overwhelmingly white, middle-class and middle-aged, went back to what they normally do on Sundays, no doubt sitting down to watch The Antiques Roadshow with a well earned cup of tea, having got the Prime Minister’s show on the road.
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