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.

Read more by .
This entry was posted in Site news.


  • 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.

  • I drove past Creeting St Peter on Sunday. There was a sign to a place called Creeting Bottoms. The mind boggles.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael BG 21st Feb - 10:42pm
    Ian Hurdley, I did address what policies the party should be pursuing, if we leave the EU. I think even if we stayed in the...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st Feb - 10:32pm
    @Sean Hagan You know, when it comes to Article 50, I’m never sure what verb to use. Suspend, postpone, how about ‘suspone ‘? Extend would...
  • User AvatarChristopher Haigh 21st Feb - 10:07pm
    The saddest thing about this breakaway group is the defection of the three Tories. They are most needed within Tory party itself to give it...
  • User AvatarRichard O'Neill 21st Feb - 10:04pm
    @Jen That's what baffles me about the timing of this breakaway. Three months ago, it would have made sense. Now it has become a sideshow,...
  • User AvatarSean Hagan 21st Feb - 10:02pm
    @John Marriott: “ ... What I am bothered about at the moment is what happens in the House of Commons between now and 29 March...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 21st Feb - 9:48pm
    "Brexit is a symptom of the disintegration of the European Union." https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=633206937129756
Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Thu 14th Mar 2019
Fri 15th Mar 2019