What I wrote at Lib Dem Voice

October 09, 2006

Never before seen. With good reason

I see m’colleague, Cllr Rundle, has posted a quick ‘n’ easy users’ guide to aid the unfamiliar in distinguishing the two of us. (I learned a few things about myself I can tell you.)

David tends towards the circumlocquacious. Me, I’m more direct and visual. So here’s a photo.

Most councillors have stashed away somewhere a campaigning photo that’s never seen the light of day, one that seemed a good idea at the time - and which, in hindsight (and perhaps with some foresight), was never going to work.

Here’s ours.

This photo was taken three years ago by a very kind and trusting local resident, who willingly loaned us her baby.

The image was supposed to show how the Headington Lib Dems’ campaign to ‘Keep Osler Road Special’ would safeguard the futures of the kids who lived there.

Unfortunately, the captions it provoked from friends included: ‘My two gay dads’ and ‘Sign our petition, or the kid gets it.

It has thus never before been published.


Jonathan Wallace said...


It looks very much like you have never had to hold a baby before! Not that I have any experience in the matter!


Stephen Tall said...

Not much, no. And none at all of how to angle a baby correctly for a photoshoot.

It's the kind of thing I guess they teach you at PPC finishing school...

Father Tall said...

Just be grateful that my son held the baby the right way up.

Stephen Tall said...

just to confirm: that posting is from my dad.

David Rundle said...

A picture never seen before, and never should have been seen. Yes, that's a rictus of panic on my face (of the three, I'm the one most to the left). I can't remember whether I was thinking 'For gawd's sake, don't drop it' or 'why are you looking so beatifically paternal.' Oh, and by the way, the County Council is still trying to make Osler Road unsafe for children. Maybe their hearts would melt if they saw this photo.