LDV's Sunday Best: our 7 most-read articles this week

Posted by The Voice on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 16:30

[IMG: 7 ver 4 full] Many thanks to the 23,200 visitors who dropped by Lib Dem Voice this week. Here's our 7 most-read posts... What do you think will be the result of the Scottish independence referendum? Your predictions, please? (68 comments) by Stephen Tall Yes Scotland is a bit late to realise that Wings over Scotland is bad news (28 comments) by Caron Lindsay AGAIN ++Mike Hancock MP quits Lib Dems (7 comments) by The Voice Note to agents: do not publish anything you may learn at postal vote opening (6 comments) by Alex Foster. Another oldie from 2010 ... (more)

Lib Dems to launch Cornwall Assembly campaign

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 14:55

[IMG: Cornish fishing boats] Liberal Democrats in Cornwall are about to launch a campaign for a Cornish Assembly: Lib Dems will gather in Bodmin next week to plan their campaign for new powers for Cornwall after the outcome of the Scotland independence vote. The party has already voted for Cornwall to benefit from a devolved assembly, with powers similar to those enjoyed in Wales, at their most recent national conference in York... Chair of the Lib Dem "Team for Cornwall", Julia Goldsworthy, who lost her Camborne seat to the Tories at the last general election, said:... "Ours is the only ... (more)

Paddy Ashdown warns of national civil revolt as gap between Westminster elite and people grows

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 14:31

Nick Clegg used strong language earlier. However, that sounded like sweet nothings compared to Paddy Ashdown's comments on the Murnaghan programme earlier. You can read the whole transcript here, but here are some of the highlights: PM and Miliband should play Join the Dots in a darkened room An interesting turn of phrase here as Paddy tells the two "old party" leaders to take a reality check: Mr Miliband and Mr Cameron are already running away from the promises they made. Mr Cameron didn't seem to realise that when he made that promise he may not be able to carry ... (more)

Post Referendum Reform

Posted by Mira on Mira's Picture
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 13:05

Well I wasn't on-message over the Scottish referendum. On the post-referendum reforms, however, I'm just undecided. Nick Clegg suggests that we should start by implementing the recommendations of the McKay Commission. I'd probably agree with him if I could get my head round what those recommendations would mean in practice. Until a Peter Snow has [...] (more)

Caron's Sunday Selection: Must-read articles from the Sunday papers

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 12:59

[IMG: sundaypaps] Here's my selection of stories to infuriate, inform and inspire from today's Sunday papers. I can't pick all the stories, so please add your favourites in the comments. Obviously the fallout rom the Scottish independence referendum dominates. Don't blame me. Blame David Cameron for using the occasion to pick a fight with Ed Miliband to try and make him out to be anti-English ahead of the General Electiona and, more immediately, the Labour conference. Labour wanted the week to plug their platform for the election. No such luck, it seems. It's very annoying that Scotland has been caught ... (more)

The end of party politics? A couple of books and some thoughts

Posted by Nick on What You Can Get Away With
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 12:46

[IMG: I've been reading a couple of interesting books this week: Colin Crouch's Post-democracy and the late Peter Mair's final book Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy . Both of them share a common theme: that our understanding of how politics works, including the nature of our democracy, is wrong. For Crouch, post-democracy represents a time when corporate interests now overwhelm those of a citizenry that is incapable (and perhaps unwilling) to rpresent itself as effectively. Mair's thesis is set out quite succinctly on the first page: "The age of party democracy has passed." The political systems ... (more)

A film night, at Conference? Really?

Posted by Caron Lindsay on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 11:28

Party conference serves so many purposes. It's there to make policy, to deliver training and for members from around the country to get together and chat. I have to say that I've never thought that the big thing missing from our annual gathering was a film night. In fact, putting me in a warm, dark room after 4 sleep-deprived nights is likely to have me snoring in seconds. I was therefore surprised to see some weeks ago that a film night was to happen and the party was running a vote on its website so that people could choose what ... (more)

John Leech to speak at East Midlands Lib Dems conference

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 11:17

The autumn conference and annual general meeting of the East Midlands Liberal Democrats will take place in Hinckley on Saturday 1 November. The keynote speaker will be John Leech, Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington, and the four candidates to be the party's new president have also been invited. Book via the East Midlands Lib Dems website. (more)

Some thoughts on Alex Salmond's resignation

Posted by Andrew on A Scottish Liberal
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 11:12

After being unsuccessful in his struggle to secure Scottish independence, First Minister Alex Salmond has opted to resign as First Minister. He did not need to do so, but his reasons for resigning are perfectly understandable. He has taken the SNP, and its cause of Scottish nationalism, as far as he can. It is perfectly logical, at a time when the SNP is naturally considering its next steps, to make way for a new leader - with possibly a new way of thinking. Why continue to serve until the next election in 2016, when instead the new leader can be ... (more)

The secret, I'm told, is in being somewhere else...

Posted by Mark Valladares on The view from Creeting St Peter
Sun 21st Sep 14 - 11:04

I'm a great believer in the concept of somewhere else. As an Englishman with a rather quirky backstory - I was born here, unlike either parent - and a deep and abiding suspicion of nationalism - who is it, exactly, that you're against? - I hold firmly to a view that you only really appreciate your nation's strengths and weaknesses by comparing it with other places. My country right or wrong? Well, not really, but it's still my country... and yours... and probably theirs too, even if they might be a bit of an embarrassment in civilised circles. And so, ... (more)