Alas, no. Apparently David Cameron had chosen Romsey Town Hall to make his big speech on immigration that afternoon. The onlookers were to be disappointed, though, since he arrived and left by a secret postern door. But why had he chosen Romsey at all? According to this morning's Romsey Advertiser (which gives equal billing to the threat of closure hanging over a local golf club) the Town Hall was contacted for the booking only on Wednesday. A security measure? Or had the first-choice venue fallen through, perhaps? Romsey does seem a very odd place for a speech on that subject, having one of the smallest non-white populations anywhere outside Midsomer (as I've had occasion to remark before), and very few immigrants of any stripe. If you're going to leave Downing St to make a speech on recent immigration, why not go to a place where there are a few recent immigrants? Peterborough, perhaps? Conversely, if you're wanting to boost morale in a fairly marginal Tory seat, why not show your face to the townspeople rather than just to an invited audience of Conservative Party activists?
I don't understand the ways of politicians, evidently.