How important it is to be in tune with the man in the street: and how useful when he gives you such clear, yet nuanced input that's so in keeping with your own views.
"Plumped on Andrew Marr's soft seat on Sunday, David Miliband kept a straight face** as he claimed: 'What people said to me on the doorstep was we think you're doing the right thing with this points-based system; we think you're doing the right thing with the phased entry of Romania and Bulgaria, but why did it take you so long?'."
And I expect that was lots and lots of people wasn't it, David, who had these nice and detailed things to say about phased entry and points systems ? But it isn't just Banana-Boy who encountered these acute street-level political philosophers: Ed Balls did, too, and they said:
"Look, we're not racist, and we support our EU membership and we know that immigration's important for the NHS, but look what it's doing to my community, to my child's job prospects, to our housing queues."
Well of course MiliBalls would mostly have been knocking on doors in Labour areas. When I went canvassing during the election, what people said to me was:
"Look, we agree with transferring macro-prudential oversight of the financial sector to the Bank of England, and you are doing the right thing on the introduction of smart-grid technology, but we don't think David Cameron should wear that green tie."
What did they say to you on the doorstep ?
** which is quite difficult for him