It is a testimony to June’s charm that she has managed to persuade MPs Tessa Jowell and Theresa May, as well as celebrities such as Kylie, Christy Turlington and Natasha Bedingfield, to pen one-off blogs for the website, ‘but it’s a nightmare chasing them all up to write the damn things,’ she says.
The site, which has been running in the UK since July, launched in America last month.
That was why I decided to rent a house with my sister in Brixton, just as the riots were kicking off: to have a home of my own. I suppose if I hadn’t hosted that lunch, our paths would never have crossed. I figured that if I worked hard, I would eventually own somewhere I could be safe. I got back to my rented home on Saturday evening, after a nine-hour drive (it was May Bank Holiday weekend).
As we all know, it hasn’t quite turned out like that. Because I’ve been made bankrupt, everything is seized the moment I am paid.
Her latest passion is her website, Politics & the City, which combines politics with news, fashion and gossip, ‘making it a cool destination for women’.
I left Yorkshire at 6am and finally got to Richmond Park at lunchtime. People were walking their dogs off the lead, with no farmers running after them shouting, wielding guns. I went into Petersham Nurseries: people were sitting eating delicious organic food, with their dogs, beneath bougainvillea! I was supposed to be asking people about the election, so I approached a young mum, sitting with her child and a dachshund. ‘I’m trying to enjoy my lunch in peace and quiet.’ I developed confident-bolshy-misguided-sense-of-their-own-worth-on-maternity-leave envy. Why have I never said, ‘No.’ Or, ‘I’m not doing it.’ Or, ‘I deserve better.’I developed high-street envy, too, in nearby Barnes, as I walked past Gail’s Bakery and a gorgeous florist. Everyone oohed and aahed at the location, the garden, the huge kitchen.
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’ A few seconds of hearing it and you feel joyless unless you laugh along with her.
The diners on the patio of Los Angeles’s Chateau Marmont clearly feel so too – glancing over to see where the laugh and the gravelly voice are coming from, and baffled that they emanate from so tiny a source.