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  • rochdale cowboy 6th Jun '09 - 7:41pm

    I write this before the European results are out. You ask for ideas for a story. Surely it is time to reassess our approach to the whole European issue. I am actually in favour of being in Europe – with huge reservations about how it is run. But I constantly come across members and cllrs who favour opting out. Why do we not commit to a referendum on staying in ? – like we had in the 70s. We could promise this in the run up to the GE and I believe would be a vote winner – particularly in the South West. Why on earth we reneged on a referendum on Lisbon is still beyond me.

  • rochdale cowboy, I think an even better vote winner would be to promise a law requiring a referendum each time the old treaties are altered or a new one is accepted, like is required in Ireland and Denmark. I know there would be the risk that some new treaties would be rejected, but on the other hand I think it would increase the public’s confidence to EU, if they could rely that the power wouldn’t be transferred to Brussels without their consent.

  • P.S: and the Lib Dems are Democrats, aren’t they? That should mean accepting also the possibility that sometimes you lose, if the majority disagrees with you.

  • “hy do we not commit to a referendum on staying in ? – like we had in the 70s.”

    I thought we did!

  • Herbert Brown 6th Jun '09 - 8:53pm

    But am I wrong in thinking that the Liberal Democrat peers refused to support a motion in the Lords calling for an “in/out” referendum last year?

  • As mentioned previously, I’d quite like to see a series of articles or interviews concentrating on the party bodies, organisations, SAOs and AOs etc. and how they all relate to each other – perhaps an interview with a regional party chair, somebody on Federal Policy Committee, somebody on Federal Executive…

    It could be really basic stuff that everybody assumes other people know, like “where do you find a list of AOs that you can join?” (I personally think this should be in a new member’s bumph) or “how do I get my policy idea on the Lib Dem radar?”.

    I’d be happy to do one for DELGA, assuming my Chair is too busy with policy.

  • Martin Land 7th Jun '09 - 8:36am

    Stephen, you raise the question of finance. I remember contributing to Flock Together when they had a crisis last year and Ryan had enough contributions before I got round to it a couple of weeks ago.

    Surely rather than these piecemeal appeals you should all get together and create one ‘fund’? A fund able to finance all the LD sites we depend on. I’d be happy to make a small monthly standing order as, I’m sure, many others would, but these piecemeal appeals are a bit of a nuisance for you and for us.

    I know it’s all a bit analogue, but if you want to be at the forefront of the digital…

  • I disagree Martin. I am an avid reader of libdemvoice and have made a small donation, but I have no interest in the other sites you refer to.

  • Maybe the readers of LDV would be interested how the liberal parties in other countries succeeded in the European elections?

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