A new week starts, not much happening…

Welcome to another week of political drift. With both ourselves and the Conservatives (and by extension the country) waiting for new leaders, and the Labour Party merely waiting for signs of leadership from the incumbent on the biggest issue of the day, it’s fair to say that government is a bit like an aircraft awaiting a landing slot at a congested airport – merely circling the intended destination but not actually reaching it.

And yet, with the current deadline for a Brexit deal less than four months away, and Parliament still due to go into a five week recess in just three weeks, if there is any sense of urgency, it exists only in the minds of those opposed to Brexit. Ah well, it’s not as if our economic future is at stake, is it?

So, what have we got to look forward to? Parliament is quiet again this week, with the potential highlights being the Second Readings of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) and Non-Domestic Rating (Public Lavatories) Bills – no, I’m not kidding, honest. And yes, I acknowledge that, for those impacted, the latter Bill is an opportunity to encourage greater provision of public lavatories, it does rather give a picture of a musical Emperor and an imperial capital in flames.

Other than that, even our regular contributors appear to have headed off for their summer breaks, so it might be an opportunity for a quiet day here at LDV…

So, do talk amongst yourselves. Anything troubling you?…

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  • A Liberal Democrat statement on the UN Report on poverty in the U.K. would fill the vacuum most appropriately. It’s now over two months since it was published and the Lib Dems are still the only party not to mention it.

  • David Becket 8th Jul '19 - 12:47pm

    @ David Raw
    Many contributors have made the same point. I can only come to the conclusion that nobody of any influence in this party reads LDV.
    How have we got into a situation where this most important issue is ignored, including by our two leadership hopefuls?
    Not a good omen for the party.

  • Ian Patterson 8th Jul '19 - 12:57pm

    City AM are suggesting that we may receive large amounts of largesse from unspecified sources if we agree to hold hands with other anti Brexit parties and do polite seat allocation deals with them. Apart from all that, the question is, will the largesse dry up if we adopt a policy position at odds with the benignity of our new patrons.

  • nigel hunter 8th Jul '19 - 1:02pm

    As well as writng on LDV we should pass our comments onto twitter facebook or other Lib Dem sights to get things moving.
    Now that I know that Ode to Joy has BRITISH connections we should use it more where it can have an impact

  • Has our leadership contest gone on too long? Perhaps a shorter period, even half as long would be preferable, leader would be in place and we would be shouting and getting media headlines today instead of looking inwards.

  • @ David Beckett. Mark Valladares has influence. Can you transmit this on please, Mark ?

    I know Katharine has twice communicated with our DWP spokesperson on this and has not even received an acknowledgement. It could get embarrassing at the Autumn Conference.

  • Paul Barker 8th Jul '19 - 2:13pm

    To those who read this site on a daily basis (including me) things can seem very slow but that’s probably not how it looks to most Libdem Members, let alone Voters.
    The end of the Leadership contest has been brought forward by one day, to the 22nd, that only 2 Weeks.
    I don’t know, but it seems likely to me that all sorts of Policy announcements are on hold until the New Leader is in place.

  • Trying to remember the last time I saw an MP comment on here. Do they even know it exists?

  • It would be nice to think people paid attention, but it is eminently possible the party leadership live in the Westminster bubble where the only views that count are fellow polticians, spads and lobbyists. If that is the case the disconnect from the average voter will grow and the populasists will thrive. They need to break out of the bubble or they will soon be ex-MP’s again.

  • Interesting article. A few points/questions:-
    1. When the future of the country’s prosperity is at stake (which should exercise both “remainers” and ‘leavers”) why are MPs going on another long break?
    2. I agree that there still seems to be a disconnect between MPs/Parliament/London Media and the “people”. This is a common theme in pub gossip, in my experience.
    If this continues, we night end up with a referendum about something where people randomly vote to stop being ignored. Goodness, where might that lead?
    3,. Public toilets may not be “sexy” but they are particularly important to disabled people, a group which don’t seem to feature much on this site (or many others)

    Just a few random thoughts from someone who has taken an interest in politics for over 50 years (since the days of being a member of the “Young Libs” ) but is struggling to retain enthusiasm

  • I think in retrospect the leadership contest is a bit longer than it needed to be. It’s difficult to plan these things though, and I’m sure the organisers were very aware that the party was keen to have a ‘proper contest’ (after the coronation in 2017). I guess they probably wanted to avoid accusations of it being rushed, so they erred on the side of making it too long. I’m sure the candidates will be pleased when its over.
    Do we know yet when the result will be declared?

  • Tony Greaves 8th Jul '19 - 9:51pm

    27th June Barbara Janke sponsored a debate in the Lords on the impact of recent benefit changes on vulnerable people. (part of a LD debates day). Just saying.

  • I also have also emailed Christine Jardine our Work and Pension spokesperson and not received a reply.

    Tony Greaves,

    Has the party in the House of Lords come out in support of Philip Alston’s UN report?

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