It was off to the Frontline Club for the launch of this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Orwell Prize for political writing.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m told theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve squirreled away cash to increase the prize money, partnered with a swanky new organisation called the Media Standards Trust and have built themselves a website, where you can download entry forms for the prize.
Jean Seaton, chair of the Orwell Prize, kicked off the evening with a sparky panel debate called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Orwell, ID cards, the citizen and the stateÃ¢â‚¬.
Only David Goodhart, editor of prestigious magazine Prospect, had a good word to say about the GovernmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plans, while Jenni Russell (Guardian), Heather Brooke (Your Right to Know) and Nick Cohen (Observer) all gave them a good kicking.
I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help warming to CohenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s confession that Ã¢â‚¬Å“I want ID cards to go ahead because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll keep me in work for yearsÃ¢â‚¬.