Q&A with Matthew, MA Public Policy

PG Matthew's photoWhich book changed your life?
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
London in the 13th century, post-French occupation and pre-Plague.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Earning a place on my MA, and I’m not just saying that.


Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Ed Miliband; he stands up for what he believes in…with varying degrees of success.

What is your earliest memory?
Sitting with my Siamese cat, Minky, in the garden on a balmy day back in the early 90s.

What is your most treasured possession?
Brown Ted.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Martin Freeman or Robert Webb. Not the most flattering duo.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Martin Freeman and Robert Webb to see who would get the part.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
To be honest…probably what I just said.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Always wash your brushes and put your ladders away.

What inspired you to study your field?
Many things, but particularly the austerity agenda post-2010 and its impact on people.

What would you have liked to know 5 years ago that you know now?
The opinion polls in 2015 will be diabolically wrong.

How do you relax?
Going to the pub, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favourite word?
Loquacious.

Matt Byrne is originally from Godalming, Surrey but has lived in London for four years. He is in his second year of a part time Public Policy MA in the Department of Political Economy, having already studied History at the University of Sussex. The attached photo shows Matt in front of the iconic Elizabeth Tower aka Big Ben, at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The great clock tower serves as a symbol of British politics, having overseen changes to legislation, government and democracy for nearly 160 years.

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