What advice do you have for young people who want to engage with politics and fight the recession?
Noel Hatch, national chair, Compass Youth
Join a political party so that politicians find it harder to ignore you. Argue with your friends that doing nothing is not an option and get them involved. And cause as much trouble as you can.
Why are you getting married at London Zoo?
It’s great for the kids and it will be poignant for me. I applied for a job there in 1962 and they turned me down – although they did later have me as vice-president of the Zoological Society.
What three things would you do to improve allotment provision in London?
One, set aside space in the Olympic Park; two, ban development on allotment land; and three, introduce a London-wide, cross-borough waiting list.
At what stage did you know that Gordon Brown was going to lose the next election?
Curiously enough, I think the Tory domination of the polls makes it theirs to lose. They should be treated as the incumbent and subjected to relentless scrutiny. Tory economic policy is so hardline that it has the potential to unite very large layers of society in opposition. If Cameron wins, we may be in for a period of revolving-door government like the 1960s and 1970s.
For which musicians would you dust down your microphone to make a record with, as you did with Blur in 1995?
This answer is based on the fantasy that I have a decent singing voice, which anyone who has seen me do karaoke knows is far from reality. I would work with Blur again, who are both a great band and really good people. And I’d love to duet with Scott Walker.
Is there anything you think Boris is doing better than you?
Yes, falling in the river.