Common Endeavour

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 @ 11:19PM

A bunch of us spent this morning blowing up balloons for a visit from the First Minister in one room of our office whilst another room was filled with hundreds of correx boards and 4 teams of party members debating who had the best plan to get them up in the shortest period of time. I couldn’t check my emails for hours because there were so many people sat on the floor in the back room folding and stuffing envelopes I just couldn’t get to my computer. And to top it all off, there were 4 people trying to do phone canvassing amongst the pandemonium.

There’s a real sense of community in our office at the moment. That might be because the newspapers make for such grim reading, but it’s also about the friendships and common endeavour that we share.

I found myself sat watching them, thinking how fantastic it was that these people were laughing and joking with each other at 10am on a Sunday morning in a Labour Party office when there are so many better places to be.

We met Jack in Princes Street Gardens where he spent some time meeting voters with Sarah whilst we gave out red balloons to kids and passers by. It was an absolutely beautiful day and it was lovely to see so many young people walking up and down princes street with bright red balloons.

I spent the rest of the day leafleting. It was my last contribution to the outdoors before I disappear into the world of polling day strategy. You meet a surprising number of people out leafleting. All bar one of the people I met on the doorsteps today was either pro-Labour or undecided.

The staunch undecideds articulate that they don’t want independence, don’t trust the Lib Dems and will probably vote Labour holding their nose, if they vote at all.

The next 4 days are going to be very interesting.

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