Well, that was fun … I spent a jolly hour this morning in the company of some extremely well-informed, articulate and engaged students at the King’s School in Ottery St Mary.
The event was ‘political speed dating’ where students sat around tables in groups of 6 or 8 and we, as town, district or county councillors spent three minutes at each table having questions fired at us.
A claxon sounded to start the three minutes and fired again (usually when I was in mid-sentence) at the end of the three minutes. At that point, the councillor would move to the next table.
There were some interesting questions ranging from “Why did you become a councillor?” to the blinder, “Why should bishops have a seat in the House of Lords?” (I didn’t see that one coming!)
What concerned everyone was the level of development happening across East Devon, particularly on the site opposite the school itself.
At the end of the session, the students voted on which councillor they would vote for if they had been eligible to vote.
The overall winner was Cllr Peter Bowden.