I think my earliest political memory is Sir Alec Douglas Hume becoming PM in October 1963 when I was 11. No – wait – it was actually six months earlier when The Beeching Report was published in March ’63… I think I had heard of MacMillian and Gaitskill (who I see died in January 1963). In those days we did not have a TV and there was no ’news for children’ or current event discussions in school so political awareness was minimal. I’m not sure if it counts as being political but I do remember Lady Chatterley’s Lover being banned in 1960, though I had no idea why or what it was about! But I was entirely unaware of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, when I would have been 9.