Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Interrogating Brian Paddick in Neasden

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 1st March, 2009

brian-paddick-3   Having survived the Australian jungle (and Robert Kilroy-Silk) on ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’, former top London policeman and last year’s LibDem Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick had it easy-peasy at St Mary’s Church Hall in Neasden last night, when I compered a Question and Answer session with him for Brent Liberal Democrats. The local party had tastefully arranged the set with a variety of stuffed animals, from lions to snakes, and Brian himself got into the mood of things by sportiung a lurid tie encrusted with sparkly bugs. I launched things by asking him to roam pretty freely through the three jungles of policing, politics and reality TV and elicited the confession that his worst moment was being dropped out of an aeroplane in freefall for a minute, before being allowed to open his parachute. Interestingly, most of the questions from the audience related to stop-and-search and other aspects of policing. But of course, he was asked what political role he envisages for himself in the future, including a possible second stab at the London Mayoralty, to which his answers can best be summarised as ‘We’ll see!’.


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