The media circus departs

Lembit Opik being interviewed on Abingdon Green
For the past week or so, the media have been camped out on Abingdon Green, opposite Victoria Tower, the site resembling something of a circus with an array of brightly-lit tents and, indeed, performers.   Various television channels have been carrying extended coverage, politicians and commentators lining up to be interviewed.  Anybody who was vaguely anybody (e.g. me)  was roped in to provide a comment. 
This morning, though, attention has shifted to Whitehall and Downing Streeet and in future weeks, all being well, to Westminster.  The tents are now being dismantled.  The imposing BBC studio remains but the Green is being restored to its normal glory and I presume it will not be long before all evidence of a media circus has gone. 
The circus is a regular event, to be seen when there is a party leadership contest or a general election.  I expect cameras to be back on the Green when the Labour leadership battle reaches a critical stage. 

About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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5 Responses to The media circus departs

  1. ladytizzy says:

    “The tents are now being dismantled.”

    So soon?

  2. The Duke of Waltham says:

    I did get to see a few live BBC broadcasts from there on-line (a rarity for viewers overseas), and at first I thought the background was just a screen. I only then noticed that people were wearing coats…

    I have to confess, however, that this is the first time I’ve heard it referred to as “Abingdon Green”; I have known it so far as “College Green”, and this is how a BBC presenter called it at some point. There’s a small Wikipedia article, too, though unsourced.

    • Lord Norton says:

      DoW: Abingdon Green is the formal name for the Green, but it is commonly referred to as College Green.

      • The Duke of Waltham says:

        I see.

        On another note, I have just seen the State Opening of Parliament, live for the first time. It seems this is the reason why the BBC studio was not taken down; the commentary took place there rather than in a committee room inside the Palace.

      • Lord Norton says:

        DoW: Indeed, it makes for a better backdrop. This should mean, though, that it will shortly be taken down.

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