Shortly after Chris Mullin published his first volume of diaries, he came to speak to the Hull Politics graduates association at Westminster. He bought a box full of copies of his book to sell. At the end, the box was empty. He has not looked back since.
He has now published a second volume, Decline & Fall, covering the period from 2005 to 2010. The entries go up to May of this year. As with the first volume, it is a cracking good read. Keen readers will doubtless already have noticed the following 2010 entry:
“Thursday, 18 February
To the University of Hull, my alma mater, to see Professor Norton and colleagues, who want me to do a series of ‘master classes’ for their politics students. I arrived early, walked up Beverley Road to the university and whiled away the best part of an hour exploring the campus, which, at first glance, seems remarkably unchanged. The number of students has increased fivefold but they look remarkably similar to those of forty years ago, except maybe a tad more respectable. I have to pinch myself to realise that not one of them was born when I first set foot here; most indeed were not born when I was first elected to Parliament. Truly, I am a dinosaur.”
At least he doesn’t have students bounding up to him to announce “You taught my father”!