If you ask me…Bob Holman

Bob Holman, a retired academic and neighbourhood worker, minds two grandchildren

Who has influenced you the most?
My wife, Annette. She is loyal, level-headed and corrects my spellings.

Which professional has helped you the most?
Dave Wiles, an unemployed delinquent who became a project leader and is my closest friend.

Which one thing would you change about social care in your area?
That its social workers had more time for preventive work.

Which three words best describe you?
Musically-challenged, no dress sense and, according to Annette, stubborn.

Who is your dream date?
The Archbishop of Canterbury. As a Christian, I want to persuade him that the church should preach the redistribution of wealth.

What is your favourite book?
Equality by Richard Tawney.

If you won the lottery how would you spend it?
On a campaign to shift the lottery to public not private ownership.

What is your greatest achievement?
I once mended a fuse.

What makes you angry?
Former radicals who ditch their principles.

Who do you most admire?
Bishop Desmond Tutu.

What cause would you fight for?
Pacifism – but I could hardly fight for it.

What is the most important lesson you have learned?
Don’t lose touch with people at the hard end.

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