How to put your best ear forward for the Green Party
Found a new twist to the doorstop canvassing game this afternoon, on a road of Georgian terraces split into multiple, some of them very multiple, flats fitted with video intercoms. This is also a very busy road, with lots of buses and trucks, and generally noisy traffic. And rain - of course - I'm the rain god of canvassers - was making it worse.
So one presses the buzzer, assumes a polite but friendly expression, and tries not to look like a would-be Big Brother contestant while delivering a friendly explanation of your presence. But what to do after you've finished the initial speel? Your only hope of hearing their response is to stick you ear right up to the speaker, so that the person inside is getting a really attractive view of your ear canal.
Mmmm... still trying to work that one out.
But for a relatively unpromising part of Regent's Park got some really positive responses to the Green Party message, and got posters into a couple of really brilliant placed windows, so it was worth an afternoon in the rain.