"I went to about eight fringe meetings. One, sponsored by the Hansard Society and Orange, asked what lessons politicians could learn from Big Brother, where more people voted than at the general election.
The conclusion was that viewers, particularly young people, wanted politicians to empathise more with the public, to be less dogmatic and to admit when they made mistakes. They wanted us to recognise that we too are human."
"At another fringe meeting, there was concern about Fuel Poverty. If energy prices are going to have to rise, this has implications for those on very low incomes, many of whom don't get all the help they are entitled to."