Our new year signing: Mark Valladares

In the new year Mark Valladares, of Liberal Bureaucracy and a sometime contributor to this site, will be starting up a regular fortnightly guest piece for The Voice concentrating on letting members know what party bodies are getting up to in their name and how they can influence their decisions.

If there’s any particular topic you’d like Mark to cover, just pop up a comment below…

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  • Richard Huzzey 27th Dec '10 - 9:54am

    Great news to have Mark V writing, especially on this topic. This sort of column would be invaluable to helping disaffected supporters and members feel that they were part of a process rather than the victims of it — and even more so if it prompts new ways of enaging with them, as Mark P suggested in a recent post.

  • Grant Williams 27th Dec '10 - 11:42am

    Mark V is definitely a “good egg” – looking forward to some sensible Glasnost šŸ™‚

  • Nick (not Clegg) 27th Dec '10 - 1:56pm

    Given the repeated press speculation that some in the Tory Party are advocating a continuance of the coalition into and beyond the next general election with some kind of electoral pact for that election, please can we have some discussion on that: preferably a clear statement from the party leadership to the effect that it ain’t gonna happen?

  • Mike(The Labour one) 27th Dec '10 - 2:00pm

    If the Lib Dems do provide a ‘clear statement’ that they won’t have an electoral pact I’d start stocking up on blue ribbons. Lib Dems say what they think people want to hear and then do what they want regardless.

    Can you get a statement clearer than ‘I pledge to vote against any increase in fees’? A statement clearer than ‘We think that merrily slashing now is an act of economic masochism. If anyone had to rely on our support, and we were involved in government, of course we would say no’?

  • I’ve actually posted on ‘The Liberal Democrat Challenges for 2011: recap’ which I now think should actually have been posted here but I won’t repost in case I fall foul of the dreaded mod šŸ™‚

    But you may care to have a look as it appears that plans are well under way to extend the coalition in policy areas as far as Letwin states and he should be in a position to know.

    I’ll post the link to his comments which I think should be OK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/dec/22/conservative-lib-dem-policy-drive

    Another very interesting blog can be found at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/2010/12/09/do-turkeys-vote-for-christmas-yes-when-it-comes-to-liberal-democrat-mps-and-the-boundary-review-for-westminster-constituencies-nick-clegg%E2%80%99s-party-will-lose-a-fifth-of-all-its-mps/

    If the stats are in any way accurate then it could be, if the AV referendum is lost, that the other bit of the hastily cobbled-together Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill could be very toxic for the LibDems in electoral terms.

  • Mark – I have a topic I’d be interested in your views on; it is a subject that the Lib Dems have not really said much on and it is one that other parties have found somewhat divisive.

    Do you think that there is anything in the argument that a generation of people – commonly known as the baby boomers (an imperfect description, but the only one I have) – have had a very cosseted lifestyle that will need to be paid for by future generations?

    I would like to be clear – I make no value judgment on individuals here. I would however be interested in a Lib Dem perspective on the wider debate.

  • Mark – I very much doubt that there will be any definitive answers on key party strategy for a while as there is such flux at the moment from the maoist perpetual revolution that is underway šŸ™‚

    When In the sea of the people swim like a fish or tap-dance like Vince

  • Nick, Mike, Ecojon. Theres no discussion of ideas like Merger or joint candidates because no one is interested except some eccentric Tories & a few “Journalists” looking for imaginary scoops.
    The Letwin article Ecojon refers to makes it quite clear the Two Coalition Parties will fight the next Election seperately but, hopefully with a bit more mutual respect.

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