I hestitated a little about linking to this article as Marina Hyde’s profile in the Guardian of independent candidate for Luton South Esther Rantzen isn’t really about politics. She doesn’t even make a pretence of analysing the political situation in the constituency. Instead she has a look at Esther’s personality and motivation:
“Asked to outline her political philosophy, she explains vaguely that she believes in equality of opportunity, preferring to expand on child welfare issues, as you’d expect from the ChildLine founder. But it is with individual casework that she is most comfortable, and to spend a morning with her is to witness a curious co-dependence with Luton’s dispossessed.”
I suppose that is what you get with a celebrity candidate. By the way, I think we should blame the sub-editor and not the author for the obligatory mention of funny shaped vegetables. More at: ‘That’s Luton! Esther Rantzen hits the campaign trail‘
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