The office is slap bang next to a major London NHS hospital, so it is relatively normal to see people who are about to visit, or have visited the hospital, slowly making their way down the back streets.
As I walked, I stared blankly ahead and in to the face of a man a ways off, relatively tall, dark hair, wearing a dark suit, adjusting his tie slightly. "Huh, he looks alot like David Cameron", I thought.
Lo and behold, it was indeed, David Cameron, organising putting his profoundly disabled son in to a vehicle, whilst a security chap looked around, looking uninterested in a single 38 year old woman walking to work. not much of a security risk, I guess.
I didn't have a lot of choice, so had to walk close by to the leader of the opposition, as he gently, carefully and lovingly put his beautiful little boy in to the car, all the time talking to him, taking care of his welfare, and showing the concern that any parent would whilst having to manhandle someone so vulnerable, and loved. I felt I had trespassed on a moment of unrestricted intimacy, and it was, I'd imagine a fairly unique opportunity for a complete outsider to see someone so public, and practiced at being so, behaving without artifice, in an exclusive way. He obviously ignore my presence completely, as you would.
It made me, not entirely of my own volition, see the man as a human being, and reminded me of the pressures and emotions that surround the wish to protect someone vulnerable from gawping eyes. I can remember what I felt like when people stared at me in the street, when I was a kid. If I'd been able to externalise my anger, I would have punched every one of them in the face. For the record, his little boy is severely disabled, and must need a lot of round the clock care. I can only imagine what a difference his existence must have made to David Cameron's opinions regarding the NHS, because traditionally, Tory views on the subject can hardly be seen as enlightened.
So. David Cameron is a caring, loving Dad. Shock!
Please note, you will not now see me arguing sympathetically for Tory policies, unless they suddenly change their name to the "Radical Green Conservation and Human Survival Party". Which, y'know... is unlikely.