A view from a member of the Vice President’s advisory team

The Vice President, Isabelle Parasram, and her advisory team meet on Zoom recently

We all know that there is no better Party in this country than the Liberal Democrats. That is the reason that we all have joined this Party and why we are still here.
And believe me, even the people of this country are aware of this fact.

But the problem is that we are almost too good. We don’t lie. Our leaders don’t believe in false promises. We strongly believe in human rights. We believe that each and every citizen of this country, no matter what colour or background they are from, deserves the best life possible. And that is the problem. We think that, because we are good and our policies and manifesto are outstanding, people will vote for us.

But it does not matter how much you like someone, or care about them – you must approach them and express your feelings if you want them to know that. And that is what we Lib Dems need to do.

We are a political party not a charity. We need votes to stay in this field. And to get votes we must look outside of the Lib Dems and start interacting with different organizations and other groups in the community.

Not just during election time but around the clock. We need dedication like cricketers and footballers. I know it’s difficult juggling the many demands of life as well as volunteering, but we can try.

We do not get enough coverage in the media, compared to other mainstream political parties. We do not have the same level of funding. But if we, 120,845 members of the Liberal Democrat Party can start using whatever resources we have available, in hand and with good intentions, no one can stop us.

This month, my colleagues and I are organizing the event, “What Does it Mean to be Black in Britain in 2020? “on Thursday 22nd October 2020 to celebrate the Black History Month. And we know that many groups within the Party are hosting similar events and outreach activities. Hopefully we will be able to attract many people from the Party and specifically from outside the Party to find out more about us and to hear what they want from us.

Occasion or no occasion, just as Ed Davey is doing via his National Listening Programme, we can reach out to individuals and communities who wouldn’t otherwise engage with us.

So, gear up Lib Dem members, we can do this.

Details about the event, and the opportunity to book tickets, are here.

* Anita Prabhakar is a solicitor. She has been a Lib Dem PPC three times and is the diversity officer for Liberal Democrats for the Heart of England. She is a member of the Vice-President's Advisory Group, Diversity Champion of the East Midlands Regional Executive and Vice-Chair of Newark Liberal Democrats.

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  • David Evans 21st Oct '20 - 4:41pm

    “But the problem is that we are almost too good. We don’t lie. Our leaders don’t believe in false promises.” Really? Britain’s next Prime Minister? It’s this sort of easy sloganizing that got us into this mess.

    There are lots of good things in our party, but our unwillingness to rein in hubris in the inner circles of power that coalesce around our leader and instead tell ourselves things are all fine is a major problem.

  • “But the problem is that we are almost too good. We don’t lie.”

    Could someone please explain to me how somebody can claim to be the ‘Parliamentary Representative for Walsall North’ when they got 1.5% of the vote in that constituency ?

  • Gerald Stewart 21st Oct '20 - 11:05pm

    I agree with David Raw, the article above shows arrogance, and lacks insight.

  • @ Gerald Stewart That may be a bit strong, Gerald, but what I think it reflects (as does the mirror image article below about the former Archbishop of York) is just how much this party has become so obsessed with identity politics to the exclusion of everything else that it is becoming an exclusive sect unable to communicate with the 94% of the general public who currently wouldn’t vote for it.

    To claim “we can reach out to individuals and communities who wouldn’t otherwise engage with us” over eggs the pudding.

  • Gerald Stewart 22nd Oct '20 - 1:37pm

    @David Raw, well we can certainly agree on that.

  • Phil Wainewright 23rd Oct '20 - 1:02am

    Anita is right to say that we hold ourselves to a higher standard to other parties. I think she deserves credit for reiterating that we are the only party that is philosophically committed to treating voters as responsible adults and therefore betrays its principles when it lies or makes false promises. Unfortunately our leaders have not always lived up to that standard, but I remain optimistic that the party will one day prove that it has the courage of its convictions.

  • Phil, How on earth can you say ‘we hold ourselves to a higher standard to other parties.’ when you then say ‘our leaders have not always lived up to that standard,’ to which you can add “and we as a party totally failed to hold them to account for it” – it doesn’t match up does it?

    Likewise you say “I remain optimistic that the party will one day prove that it has the courage of its convictions,” which makes it clear you know we don’t do anything about it at all.

    And the reason for this is …?

    … because so many Lib Dems prefer to pretend that saying he/she is an optimist about something is every bit as good as actually rolling up one’s sleeves and actually doing something about it.

    Do you really think that is good enough?

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