Coronavirus Diary 69 – Baby steps with ministers and journalists

Last week I posted two articles regarding meetings with a government minister and trying to write for a newspaper.  I thought everyone would like to know that to a degree both went well.

Over the weekend I heard that the Independent Newspaper which is one of a number of what were once broadsheet quality newspapers (The Times, Financial Times, Telegraph and Guardian being the others) have accepted my first article.   I don’t think it in anyway sparks a career change but it is nice to add another string to my bow.    I have a second article to write for them one day soon.

Also my meeting with Oliver Dowden MP and Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport went quite well on Friday afternoon.  We spoke via Zoom for about 15 minutes.  He was very pleasant and interested to know more of my story (though I think he already knew the basics) and didn’t interrupt at all except to find out more information about certain aspects.

I’m not sure much will come of it for myself but he seemed genuinely saddened for my plight and he and his PA made notes it was clear some of the things I mentioned were news to him and he did actually say that he found it useful and it will help him and others in the future.

Anyway, it’s not every day you get to spend time with the 3rd or 4th senior politician and I did tell him that I liked him as a person but the governments policy is making life very tough.  I’m always one for being nice to people as you probably know by now 🙂



About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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2 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 69 – Baby steps with ministers and journalists

  1. Marilyn Allan says:

    I still think you would be a great writer for a newspaper!! You already are when writing books!!!

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  2. Contractions of Fate says:

    Well done. This is how change is brought about, Stephen. Publicity.

    It’s time they realised three things:

    1) how low to rock bottom the safety net is
    2) how many gaping holes there are in the net
    3) the fact that some people have no net at all.

    Of all the broadsheets, The Guardian and The Independent are most likely to carry such a story.
    And you’d make a good journalist, although I hope to take one of your tours one day!


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