The first day

29th April, 2009

Today is the first day of the bye election campaign. As I write this I am in our campaign van heading into Leinster House to meet the Broadstone Bridge Club for a tour and a quick bite to eat.

I’m very excited but am sobered by the news of the day. 380,000 people unemployed. Swine flu could already be in the UK. People have been so good to me today. Calling me, greeting me and writing to me. I think people want to see politicians responding more firmly and proudly to all of this. 

Was struck by the quality and variety of questions I got over our Universal Health Insurance proposals. A sign of the times, I think.