One of the most extraordinary features of this Labour Party Conference is the Momentum festival which is running in parallel just a mile or so away.
This is called “A World Transformed” and it is a lot more exciting and noisy and sweaty than the conference proper and it takes place in some massive old building that used to be an old church.
It was in one of its many rooms that stalwarts of the Momentum Thanet put on an impromptu workshop in which they shared with other Momentum people the secrets of their success.
Thanet is now famous among political people from across the country as the place which denied Nigel Farage the parliamentary seat he set his heart on winning. And members of Momentum Thanet got laughs and applause when they recounted the famous day when the Thanet Stand Up To UKIP group dumbfounded the massed ranks of Kippers in Ramsgate by meeting them with a continental breakfast and cakes.
Hard on the heels of the successful workshop came an absolutely splendid huge meeting with star speakers including Matt Wrack of the Fire Brigade Union and Ian Hodson of the Bakers Union. People spoke angrily of the barrage of unfair suspensions they’d experienced as shadowy figures inside the party tried, unsuccessfully, to stop Jeremy Corbyn winning the leadership for a second time.
Most moving was Greg Hadfield speaking about the way his entire local Labour Party in Brighton and Hove has been suspended in the most unjust manner to try to subvert the course of democracy.
Oh, and yes, some bloke called John McDonnell was due to speak, too. Except it was getting very late and he was nowhere to be seen and for a moment or too the organisers seemed to be going potty and it was announced he wasn’t coming.
But then, at the last gasp, he did turn up and he spoke, too. And everybody cheered until the rafters rattled. Seemed a terribly nice chap. I think he’s the Shadow Chancellor or something…