Julia O’Brien

‘Mili-what? Who’s he?’

We in this call centre don’t know or care about politics. But if you hang straight up, we will call back

‘Are all of these questions about politics love — because I’m really not political?’ Oh dear. I’ve just lost another respondent two minutes into a three-minute survey and the chances of achieving my hourly target, and therefore continuing my employment in pre-election polling, are receding fast.

Perhaps she didn’t hear my scripted preamble: ‘Could you spare a few minutes to take part in a survey on the upcoming general election?’ What sort of questions did she think I’d ask? ‘Do you think SamCam pulled off the midi-skirt?’

At least I can take pleasure in hearing a colleague struggle a few booths down....

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