More talk today about the possibility of a General Election next month. Could even be called next Thursday. Would stuff our Party Conference. Almost everyone I know in the party in Wales isn't expecting this to happen. All I can say is that October 25th is Brown's best chance of victory - so I'm working on the assumption that the 25th it will be. So we've been out in Montgomery leafleting tonight - so late to my keyboard again.
Canvassing does provide lessons about human nature. Tonight, three people went to the trouble of telling me how grateful they were for help I had given them during my years as an Assembly Member. All very satisfying. And then I approached one of the biggest houses in Montgomery. A smartly dressed middle aged man (whom I took to be the resident) was walking from his car towards the house, so I offered him my introductory leaflet rather than posting it. He looked at me as if I was some form of lesser being, read my leaflet without taking it, looked at me again with painful disdain, shook his head, and walked off without saying a word. In several years of canvassing this was the rudest response I have ever received - and that includes a man in 1997 who told me to "f*** off" and another man who chased me up his drive wearing just his Y-fronts and wielding a garden fork. It does take all sorts - and if you want to be a politician, you've got to be ready to accept this variety.