I had never imagined that international intervention in national politics could be so audacious: so there I was at work, wondering if the milk in my tea is off, and I get a call. From Lebanon. Telling me who to vote for in the UK elections.
It emerged that the caller, a relative, knows the father of a candidate contesting the UK national legislative elections. So I promised to at least meet with the candidate (and his father), and invited a few friends more capable than I to challenge him about UK political issues. In their conversation with him they claimed that he did show resilience and that he would not bend to their will – something not often seen in ‘pre-election politicians’. As for me? I was busy chatting with his father about Middle-Eastern politics while drinking tea, in an istikan, without milk.
Btw, for those interested, the candidate is Bassam Mahfouz http://bassam4ealingacton.wordpress.com/