8 July 2019 – at the end of the day, it’s the end of the day…

Well, thank you for your company today, and for your comments. Also, thanks to my colleagues, Paul and Caron, for filling some of the gaps.

The noble Lord Greaves has noted that, whilst not much has been happening, we did miss an interesting debate in the Lords on 27 June, proposed by Barbara Janke, on the impact of recent benefit changes on vulnerable people. We (and by that, I mean “I”) have rather lost the habit of reporting on the Lords. Perhaps I need to get back into the swing of that, as nobody else seems to be keen on doing it.

We’ve had a number of suggestions regarding the Alston Report, written by a United Nations rapporteur looking at the prevalence of poverty in the United Kingdom. And yes, we haven’t covered it. In truth, and I speak only for myself here, it isn’t an area of personal expertise, and I tend to the slightly eccentric view that I write about things I understand. We would, naturally, welcome well-written pieces on it, as well as on what the Liberal Democrat response should be.

I am touched by David Raw’s suggestion that I might have some influence. As a semi-retired Party bureaucrat and Chair of a small but perfectly formed Parish Council in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, I wouldn’t claim to be particularly influential, other than perhaps as a Day Editor of this esteemed website.

The message, I guess, is “must try harder”, and one can only attempt to do so.

I’ll end today with some music though, something I had been doing at the end of my duty day, and ought to resume. Something a little different, this evening, a fusion of Portuguese fado and baroque ensemble, “Rosa Negra no meu Peito”, by L’Arpeggiata, featuring Misia… Enjoy!

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  • Thank you for this. I am am sure that most people reading your posts value the work you are doing. It seems rare at the moment for people to attempt to restrict themselves to things they know about.
    As far as poverty in the country is concerned, this is something that the party needs to put at the centre of its work. It is not just about people living on the streets. It is about children going to school without having had breakfast. It is about the lack of affordable housing. It is about people being bullied at work but too frightened to do anything about it.
    This is what the debate about Europe is all about. There is a group of the elite who are determined that we should do a deal with the USA to ensure that they get richer and the rest get poorer. Those who have a lot of money can buy votes through control of enough of the media to make sure that their narrative prevails.
    This is the real challenge facing the party in a country where our politics has become so right wing over such a short period.

  • Sue Sutherland 9th Jul '19 - 2:19pm

    I agree with Tom Harney, including the thanks to you Mark.

  • Richard Underhill 10th Jul '19 - 8:50am

    Three Labour peers have resigned the whip, protesting about anti-Semitism.
    They will continue as independents.

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