The Edinburgh whisky tasting had just got under way when we were visited by not one, not two, but three politicians. It was an embarrassment of riches and quite wonderful to watch the three entourages snaking around the exhibition to converge by the UKR's and partners' logos. The mayor of London, the prime minister of Rwanda and the mayor of Cannes were all in jovial form (I think Boris had got quite pally with the prime minister of Rwanda, actually: they were virtually cuddling) and all partook of a wee dram.
I told Boris off for spending too long with the frogs (we'd timed him in the Paris tent) but he said there was a lot going on over there. "How disloyal," I retorted! He was unfazed. The mayor of Cannes (lovely red scarf) was sweet enough to pretend he remembered me from when we did an event at MAPIC together; he's a very nice man, devoted to town and his people, and they're lucky to have him.
Alex King and I did a bit of a double act on the UKR Place Live stand on the subject of Local Enterprise Partnerships and how the story is emerging nationally, with Kent, Essex & East Sussex LEP as a case study. It's always a joy to do a gig with Alex - we spark off one another and I was only rude about him once this morning, so he got off lightly.