I guess that my only golden rule about politics is “expect that unexpected”. Thus I was really quite surprised when Ed Davey offered me the spokespersonship for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in addition to my shadow Defence duties.
Only two days earlier, my son had texted me speculating I would be demoted to being in charge of stationary.
I took the call from Ed in the station square in Inverness as I gazed at the statue of a Highland soldier opposite – to tell the truth I thought I’d have to lean against it to steady myself, such was the surprise.
Watch the full video of me asking Mogg on Virtual Parliament here
Such excitement! Eight minutes to go before I am due to ask Jacob Rees-Mogg a Business Question in Parliament - well actually via Zoom, and my iPad - from below the stairs in my home...
Eight minutes to go before I am due to ask Jacob Rees-Mogg a Business Question in Parliament - well actually via Zoom, and my iPad - from below the stairs in my home...
I carefully place my iPad on the wee table on the left, put the camera on and turn it to selfie to see how I will look on the huge screens in the Chamber of the House of Commons.
Hmm, not bad. I adjust my tie and clean my specs.
Seven minutes to go.
Gah! There’s a bottle of wine in the background!! So I get out of my seat and hastily remove it.
Six minutes to go. I glance top right at the iPad screen.
OMG - only 4% battery left! It could switch off anytime during my question! Jamie Stone would go completely blank live on Parliament TV.
Meat and fish - fruit and veg - then cereals and tea - that kind of thing. That way I can follow the direction signs and go round Asda in the approved order. Then, always two paces apart, I queue for a checkout.
“Right, Jamie, that will be...” says the kind checkout lady from behind her anti-Covid screen.
GAH! I’m four quid short - and I haven’t brought any plastic with me!
“Here, I’ll lend you the difference. Pay me back when you’re next in.”