The Labour Party are currently holding what seems to be their annual leadership election and the two candidates – Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn – are traveling the country in order to make the case for why they should be elected (or in Corbyn’s case, re-elected) as leader of the party.
Both candidates recently attended separate rallies in Liverpool, with Smith’s attracting between 100-200 people and Corbyn’s attracting 5000-10,000. If that is an indication of how the vote will go, then Corbyn has little to worry about.
However, Smith’s rally was arguably the more interesting. It was widely reported that he provided catering for his followers – in the form of ice cream from an ice cream van. To say this was reported is slightly misleading as mostly he has been mocked – basically the presence of catering was interpreted in the press as “vote for me and I’ll buy you an ice cream”.
Far be it from us to interfere or offer opinions on the world of politics, but we do think that providing catering for political events is fair enough. Any gathering of people for any length of time and food needs to be considered, so whether ice cream – or our preference would of course be crepes, as we own a mobile creperie – is appropriate is dependent of the nature of the occasion. For Labour party events, in the 1970’s beer and sandwiches was apparently the old favourite, but with the Labour party now being pro-European, maybe continental crepes would be a legitimate corporate catering option.
Being politically neutral, we would have been happy to provide crepe catering for either Smith or Corbyn, but with 10,000 people to feed in about an hour, Corbyn’s rally would have presented the greater challenge. Maybe if Jeremy ever has a party – to celebrate a leadership election victory, perhaps – then we would be delighted to discuss his options if he wanted to opt for crepe catering at a private party. And should he ever make it all the way to Downing Street, then we would be happy to provide celebratory crepes free of charge, although we suspect he would probably insist on making a donation to his favourite charity in lieu.
And if Owen Smith ever makes it to Downing Street, the same offer still applies – though it seems so unlikely that we would be happy to make the donation to charity ourselves in addition to providing crepes for catering.
May the best man win.