I've been in politics for a long while, nearly half my life, and I've played most of the roles. I've started as a teenaged kid delivering flyers and licking stamps, I've ran campaigns, I've lobbied voters; I've even been a candidate once long ago. It's often easy to forget about some of the more fundamental roles.
A fortnight ago, I started all over; a fortnight ago, I began stuffing envelopes for Francois Bayrou and the UDF. It's French Presidential Election time!
Stuffing envelopes (and more recently, folding flyers) has been an eye-opener. Conversations with the other (mostly senior-citizen) volunteers has certainly helped me get an idea of the French polity; issues are looked at rather differently here - the system works radically differently too.
More to come.