The launch of Drinking Liberally at the Southern Cross last night was a blast. The organisers had been hoping for 20 plus people to make it the first time, so it was really impressive to see over 50 people there.
Nandor spoke well and had a chance to speak on a big picture level regarding his views on political institutions and sovereignty that we don’t often see from MPs. He offered some sage advice on grassroots activism and, I think, offered some inspiration for people hoping to get more active.
A really diverse crowd was there from Labour hacks to deep greenies, regulars around the political scene to people who have leftwing politics but have never been active. People had a great time, got to meet people in the flesh they had often just interacted with via blogs, and build ties, which is what it’s all about.
Again, a great idea and it will be interesting to see how it develops.