Five years in five posts – 2007-2011

I was wondering how I could amuse readers on my own blog yesterday and I came up with this amazing idea of going back and finding out what I was writing about around this time in previous years. It was only later that I realised that Helen Duffett does this for Liberal Democrat Voice every Friday in the Friday Five . I hope she doesn’t mind me borrowing her idea and  adding in a little extra spot.

What was good about my post yesterday is that a few other Liberal Democrat bloggers got in on the act and I spent a very enjoyable  hour yesterday evening going through their posts and being utterly fascinated by the selection on offer. Among them:

Liberal England will tell you everything you never knew you wanted to know about the Clegg Family Pyramid;

 Jennie Rigg was looking forward to singing rude songs about Postman Pat;

Neue Politik analyses the new Coalition Agreement;

The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant took a senior Bishop to task for describing atheists as being like Nazis.

And here’s another selection from now or round about now on Liberal Democrat Voice for the years 2007-2011

In 2007, Phil Willis’ decision to stand down at the next election as MP for Harrogate was announced.

In 2008, Mark Pack pulled up an anonymous senior Tory for being less than accurate in facts he’d given to the press.

In 2009, Stephen Tall asked  about whether the Telegraph had done the reputation of journalism any good with its coverage of the MPs’ Expenses scandal.

What it certainly shows is the danger of just one news outlet being able to command the monopoly of a story. The concepts of natural justice and due process have not just been ignored this week: they’ve been turned on their heads. ‘Guilty until proven innocent’, ‘no smoke without fire’, ‘they’re all as bad as each other’ – such statements have tripped lightly from the lips of even the most intelligent commentators this week. It’s a depressing sight.

In 2010, Iain Roberts suggested that the Liberal Democrat vote would hold up better after five years in Government. Let’s hope he was right.

In 2011, Mark Pack remembered Desmond Banks’ contribution in terms of both policy and campaigning technique (a constituency wide newspaper, no less) to the Liberal Party’s revival under Jo Grimond.

What were you writing about On This Day in Bloggery?

 

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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