The LDV Friday meme: Seven reasons I joined the Lib Dems

Welcome to the first of what we intend to be the first in a series of LDV Friday memes to amuse you at the end of the week, and for Lib Dem bloggers (should they so choose) to pick up and run with over the weekend.

I’m starting with a simple one: the top seven reasons I joined the Lib Dems:

  1. I was a Labour party member for five years (1994-99). Then I realised Labour was interested only in being in power, not in giving power away.
  2. I would far rather be in a party whose ‘extreme wings’ are – supposedly – represented by Simon Hughes and David Laws than in a Tory party with Bill Cash or a Labour party with Diane Abbott.
  3. I’m a liberal – who else would I join?
  4. When I’m in a room full of Lib Dems, no matter how much I disagree with any one of them I know I agree more with all of them.
  5. Because I don’t like hierarchies. The Lib Dems are the most contrarian, sceptically rational political grouping I know. The leadership may hate it from time to time but it makes us what we are.
  6. I wanted to be part of a party whose activists are in it out of political belief not personal ambition.
  7. I think politics is about championing underdogs (not least ‘cos we know how it feels).

Who to tag with this meme? Well, obviously all Lib Dem bloggers should feel free to give it a whirl. But I’m going to particularly tag those who were featured in the most recent Golden Dozen: Charlotte Gore, Steve Middleton, Wycombe Lib Dems, Fraser Macpherson, Sandy Walkington, Mark Valladares, Caron Lindsay, Alix Mortimer, Colin Ross, James Graham, ‘Costigan Quist’, and Jennie Rigg.

Suggestions for future LDV meme topics gratefully received…

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16 Comments

  • rantersparadise 8th May '09 - 6:54pm

    What’s wrong with Abott? I’ve always found her harmless…

  • Grammar Police 9th May '09 - 9:05am

    I think Jennie’s “reasons for renewing” are brilliant.
    I suppose for mine (if you’ll excuse me as I don’t blog)
    1. I’m no fan of dogmatism; of course I think I’m right about things, but “when the facts change, I change my opinions”! I’m always open to the possibility that I’m wrong. The Lib Dems did – and still do – best encapsulate that in politics in my opinion.
    2. I’m politcally centre left, where else would I go?
    3. Oh, and I’m not a socialist.
    4. I actually want to be in a party that sees a role for party members.
    5. I actually want to be in a party that wants to help people help themselves.
    6. Although when I was young I was fairly eurosceptic, when I found out a bit more about how the EU worked, I realised that the way it makes legislation was in some ways more “democratic” than our own Parliament. The Lib Dems are really the only party that wants to use the EU to make things better. The Tories want out, as do the Greens (to whom I cast my first Euro vote in 1999, to my shame) and Labour don’t seem to have a bl**dy clue.
    7. Oh go on, I suppose it appeals to me to be in a party where you have to convince people to vote for you, rather than one people often vote for blindly because they always have.

  • Martin Kinsella 9th May '09 - 12:31pm

    Interesting choice of bloggers as there is some real rubbish there like Valladares but some real quality like Alix Mortimer.

    For me the only sane voice on the economy has been Vince, the Lib Dems are socially Liberal which is important and are nearly there economically. It is a shame my vote in Durham North will mean nothing but I am onside.

  • Martin Kinsella 9th May '09 - 12:37pm

    Charlotte Gore has a terrific blog.

  • Another “Diane Abbott’s not that bad” Lib Dem here.

  • “I think politics is about championing underdogs (not least ‘cos we know how it feels)”

    That might be changing

    “Labour is likely to get 25 per cent of the vote, beaten by the Liberal Democrats on 27 per cent.”

    rock on 🙂

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5304077/MPs-expenses-Labour-party-heading-for-worst-election-results-in-30-years.html

  • hmmm…. I’m a Lib Dem because I’ve got at least half a brain, and the Lib Dems are the only party that fits their policies to the evidence rather than the evidence to their policies. Plus we’re green. And the other parties are too awful to contemplate. And we’ve not only got Vince, we’ve got Norman Baker too!

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