Walking through Norwich this afternoon, pushing my son's pram, I thought I might be seen as a more unlikely target for the brigade of Direct Debit hustlers near the market who try to persuade you to fill in direct debit forms for various causes. I was wrong, but I had an answer.
The Friends of the Earth girl said to me very politely
"If I was to say to you that there is something you can to personally that will help save the planet, what would your answer be ?"
My reply, "I would say yes, I know there is, because I am an active member of a political party that has pledged a carbon neutral future for the country by 2050"
"Which party is that", she asked.
"The Liberal Democrats", I replied, and I then told her about our new policies as well as the Green Tax switch.
Her response was simply "Well you're doing your bit, that's really good to hear the Lib Dems are doing this"
No Direct Debit form was produced, no more asking of questions, and I almost felt a pat on the back. So there you have it, if a environmental campaigner asks you for money, tell them you are a Lib Dem. It works for me.