Where were you on the evening of 1 May 1997? I was a young reporter watching at the municipal count at Meadowbank in Edinburgh where several senior Scottish Tories were being defenestrated in the municipal sports centre. The then Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, arrived lit up by a hail of flashbulbs. This was pre-internet and newspapers all had many photographers and lots of us reporters, so at a moment of crisis the target, the victim, would after sunset be flooded in light and jostled by a large crowd of hacks and assorted hangers on, sometimes shouting, sometimes just looking.