Welcome to my day: 11 December – it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

As Britain recovers from the chaos that a few inches of snow wrought yesterday, today is brought to you from Creeting St Peter, my small but perfectly formed Suffolk village. We’ve had an inch or so here, mostly yesterday morning, but whilst there’s broadband, there’s hope, I’m told.

Talking of chaos, it seems like Government ministers have spent the weekend queuing up to sabotage Theresa May’s deal with the European Union. One does wonder about the wisdom of publicly talking about how and when the deal might be reneged upon, and with the Foreign Minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney, reminding us of what was signed up to;

it is hard to credit that any such act would be without repercussions. But, as has been the case throughout this sorry saga, the seeming lack of understanding that yes, you can break a contract, but you might not like the consequences much, makes you wonder how we could ever become the country of Brexiteer dreams with such hopeless leadership.

But enough of Brexit for the time being, what have we got for you today? I kick off, with this week’s preview of House of Lords business, with a particular focus on Liberal Democrat contributions.

Paul Walter has been busy, and he has news of a new award scheme that supports young activists wanting to take part in Parliamentary by-election campaigns. He also writes movingly on the work of the Samaritans and, particularly over the Christmas period, when life becomes hard to bear for the lonely and isolated, they do incredible work.

And yes, I’ll be ending the day with a musical interlude. The theme is “goodbye” and, if you have a suggestion, let me know via the comments. It isn’t necessary for me to like it as long as it’s interesting.

That’s all we’ve got as I write this, so if there is something you’re burning to say, why not draft it and send it to us in the usual way? There’s guidance available, so why not have a go?

* Mark Valladares is the Monday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.

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  • Perfidious Ablion…

  • Yesterday morning trying to get from Suffolk to M25 on A12…4 hours from Manningtree to Chelmsford,,,Gave up and went back..Very few have any idea how to drive in snow…Nose to tail; one car stops and those following end up spinning around blocking the carriageways…

  • Nick Collins 13th Dec '17 - 3:59pm

    Jeremy Corbyn led on the subject of homelessness in PM’s Question Time today. No LibDem “caught the Speaker’s eye”.

    There are borough and town council by-elections in Godalming today (caused by the resignation of the former town Mayor, the local butcher: perhaps he wants to spend more time in his shop). The weather is vile: raining at the moment. So, with most folk more focused on preparations for Xmas or with simply keeping warm and dry, a high turnout is not to be expected.

    I’m so glad that I am no longer an activist.

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