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What challenges might the future bring?

Challenge #1 – the electoral system

I nearly wrote this a few weeks ago, at which point it would have looked prophetic – writing it now just looks like I’m crowbarring it on the back of the rather sensational Yougov / Sun poll, news of which is breaking on Twitter.

Any number of people have taken the poll figures, Con: 33 (-4); Lab: 28 (-3); Lib Dem: 30 (+8), plugged them into UK Polling Report’s uniform swing calculator, and reeled, aghast at the revelation that our awful electoral system is so completely bust that it’s conceivable that the party …

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Cometh the hour, cometh PR?

It’s quiet in LDV Towers this afternoon as all the responsible editors have day job responsibilties.

We can always tell when we’re not talking about something our readers want to have their say on, because you kindly have your say on it anyway on whatever was the top post.

And today’s topic is clearly Call Me Dave’s speech on parliamentary reform, in which he sets out a series of Lib Dem policy proposals and pretends they’re new.  There’s no zealot like a recently converted zealot, but hang on a minute, Dave?  Power to the people?  Small government?  All of that is Liberalism 101, the first chapter from An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Liberalism.  We’ve long held it dear, and we simply don’t believe you when we hear it from your lips.

As Lynne Featherstone said earlier today on her blog

There is stuff that Cameron’s said which I agree with – as you would expect given that many of the ‘ideas’ he puts forward in today’s Guardian are long-standing Liberal Democrat policies! Fixed-term parliaments, reducing of the power of the executive, cutting the number of MPs, devolving power to councils and empowering individuals. Transparency and accountability – definitely. Shame Cameron has had to be dragged kicking and screaming on these. But – to be fair – at least he is going out there.

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Recent Comments

  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 26th Oct - 8:11am
    fully behind charlie on this one.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 26th Oct - 8:09am
    Johann Lamont and her General Secretary appear to have been treated badly, but I do think she was below par. I have been wanting to...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 26th Oct - 8:06am
    "My worry if they go down the tubes in the Scottish context is that at the moment it’s likely to be the SNP that fills...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 26th Oct - 7:39am
    south-west. I mean
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 26th Oct - 7:39am
    South-east Surrey has just selected Patrick Haveron. I don't know why we don't get included in these lists.
  • User Avatartonyhill 26th Oct - 6:47am
    Paul, I actually admire your perpetual optimism, but Peter Mandelson would be proud of that comment as a piece of spin.