In his youth (he has been called a communist and a right-winger) he was, I say, a long-haired hippy. "I was never a hippy. Ask my wife." A dope-smoking hippy. "I've never been into smoking per se." This might be a bit slippery. "I've been around long enough to know precisely how to see when I'm being set up with a question."
I'd asked a perfectly straightforward question: Was he a dope-smoking hippy? And the rest of his reply was: "I was a child of the 60s and 70s."
I said that of course the answer was "yes", and he said "I've given you the answer" and I said "yes", and so on. As I say, he wears you out. And he should have worked out that I really didn't care, one way or the other, but he does like to hammer a point.
He said, as though it might be a revelation, "I'm pretty conventional, actually." In truth, he's about the only politician about whom you could almost believe that the answer is: "But I never inhaled."