Hurtling towards next Thursday’s seven-way TV debates — undoubtedly the Green’s biggest ever set piece — with a massively elevated public profile, party supporters might be forgiven for questioning the wisdom of leader Natalie Bennett doing debate prep in the middle of a busy fast food restaurant in Zone 1.
But that’s precisely what a Scrapbook source spied Bennett and an aide doing yesterday at a Pret A Manger just yards from the party’s Old Street HQ. Discussions at the meeting shortly before 6pm included:
- Bennett asking whether she was allowed to bring a folder of notes to her lectern
- Advice from the unknown male adviser to ignore the ‘magnetic pull’ of barbed exchanges and to concentrate on delivering core Green messages by ‘imagining she was in a bubble’.
- Bennett, in what may have been a response to a hypothetical ‘debate question’, stated that the question of involvement in a coalition would not arise owing to the near-impossible feat of returning more than one MP
These exchanges took place within earshot of at least eight complete strangers.
This won’t help mutterings about her competence.