Welcome to my day: 21 March 2022 – knee deep in broken crockery…

It is sometimes hard to appreciate just how broken our politics is. With a Government determined to remove or destroy all of the guard rails that protect us – independent supervision of our elections, an unbiased state broadcaster, limits on campaign spending that prevent the wealthy from buying their way to power – and seemingly able to lie without restraint or conscience about anything and everything, it is perhaps unsurprising that they seem capable of defying what we traditionally thought of as political gravity.

It is as though Wilkins Micawber was not only justified in his belief that “something would come along” but that it always did.

And now, a war somewhere far enough away to not risk our direct involvement but close enough to justify an effort to look relevant has come along just when the Conservative Party was breaking into mutually hostile factions over the lies and evasions of the Prime Minister over events at 10 Downing Street. It is an excuse to persuade us that a man who has had more chances than an English slip cordon puts down in an average year should be given another.

It is, however, always about him, and about getting a laugh. Comparing the suffering of the Ukrainian people to Brexit reminds me that, when push comes to shove, everyone else is just supposed to be an audience for his ludicrous stories and boosterism, as his ego damages our country both at home and, in reputational terms, abroad. Personally, I don’t wholly blame him. I blame Conservative politicians who, knowing his flaws, gave him the leadership and now stand by, covering for him and in doing so, endorse and justify his actions.

Liberal Democrats don’t really do angry, although you might not believe that based on the press releases that we publish from time to time. Many of the campaigners and activists I know are optimists by nature – you probably need to be if you’re a Liberal Democrat. And anger isn’t often a good way to win over wavering voters. But there is much to be angry over as the Conservatives continue to wreck a society that, whilst far from perfect, felt as though it was heading in the right direction.

The task in the weeks, months and years ahead is to channel that anger into campaigns that drive home the message that we believe in a better, fairer, more just society which offers opportunities to all, protects individuals from an over-mighty state and promises some basic competence in the way our communities are managed and served.

And with that, may I wish you all a happy and fruitful day…

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19 Comments

  • nigel hunter 21st Mar '22 - 9:24am

    Johnson and his Ukraine,Brexit comment.This INSULT to distract the debate away from the troubles at home has sidelined us from Biden ,EU debate later in the week.WE WILL NOT BE THERE! Johnson is truly wrecking our influence.
    At home the party should continue building itself up in the seats we wish to win and build our Council support.
    AND all have a happy fruitful day…

  • Tristan Ward 21st Mar '22 - 9:50am

    Why can’t we focus onthe money the Tory party Nd Telegranph have taken form Ruasians? It’s more or less the same as the Tory establishment cosying up to Hitler in the 1930s.

    Sounds like a narrative well worth developing to me.

  • Barry Lofty 21st Mar '22 - 9:56am

    Liberal Democrats don’t really do angry? Well this one does, I get angrier by the day, the week, the month and the year, at the way Boris Johnson and his self serving associates get away with their selfish,blinkered incompetence, when will our population wake up and realise what they are doing to our once so respected country? Perhaps I am the proverbial grumpy old man and perhaps I should not care at my time of life but on top of all the other personal problems in life I do care about how our country is perceived in the world and long for the present administration to be shown up in their true narrow minded light? Happy Days.

  • Nonconformistradical 21st Mar '22 - 1:03pm

    @Barry Lofty
    “Liberal Democrats don’t really do angry? Well this one does, I get angrier by the day, the week, the month and the year……..”

    Join the club!

  • Chris Moore 21st Mar '22 - 3:20pm

    Getting angrier by the day, week etcetera sounds quite dangerous! Both for yourselves and those around you.

    365 days on which you got angrier than the day before! At what point do you run amok with a kukri? Please first renounce your LD membership.

    Please take

  • Barry Lofty 21st Mar '22 - 3:41pm

    Chris Moore: Come on, if you have any sense of justice, you know what I mean and as for renouncing my Lib Dem membership??? But happily Lib Dem MPs seem as upset about the present government as myself, thank goodness!

  • Nonconformistradical 21st Mar '22 - 4:15pm

    @Chris Moore
    Are you implying that you aren’t angry?

  • Barry Lofty 21st Mar ’22 – 9:56am:
    …I do care about how our country is perceived in the world…

    You may be a little less grumpy to know that the UK stands as the most popular ally in Ukraine where Boris Johnson is held in high-esteem…

    ‘Britain leads way on world stage as Ukrainians put Boris behind only Zelensky – new poll’ [March 2022]:
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1578256/boris-johnson-news-poll-popularity-volodymyr-zelensky-ukraine-cygnal-update

    President Zelensky was seen by those asked in Ukraine very positively with a net favourability of +79, whereas Mr Johnson came in second at +49.6. Russian President Vladimir Putin was deeply unpopular across those polled in Ukraine, with a net favourability of -86.7.

    ‘Survey of General Population Ukraine, Europe, United States & United Kingdom’ [March 2022]:
    https://www.scribd.com/document/563415583/19305-Cygnal-International-Deck

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is beloved in Ukraine with the opposite at home.

  • Barry Lofty 21st Mar '22 - 4:55pm

    [email protected] No it certainly does not change my opinion or humour especially as it seems the information comes via the Daily Express, not particularly an unbiased source? As far as the truly unfortunate Ukrainians are concerned let’s hope he lives up to their expectations?

  • @ Jeff “Russian President Vladimir Putin was deeply unpopular across those polled in Ukraine, with a net favourability of -86.7.”

    That’s not so different to the polls in Scotland with reference to Johnson…….(who is probably the SNP’s most successful recruiter).

  • @Nonconformistradical and Barry Lofty:

    Sorry, fog of war, I thought it was clear my remarks were not serious!!

  • Nonconformistradical 21st Mar '22 - 10:12pm

    @Chris Moore

    There’s nothing whatsoever funny about any of this.

  • [email protected] Quite so!!

  • Chris Moore 22nd Mar '22 - 8:08am

    “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness.”

    If we can’t be humorous when things are going badly, we can never be humorous. Things are always going badly.

    Anger has no value in itself. It’s often destructive, if there’s no outlet.

    The last sentence of my original reply didn’t appear: it said “Take care of yourselves.”

    This is what I was trying to convey with the original post.

  • Barry Lofty 22nd Mar '22 - 9:50am

    Chris Moore @ I make no apologies for getting really angry about the way Boris Johnson manages to retain his position as PM, and a degree of popularity, even in the light of so many revelations about his behaviour and decision making, but agree with you about humour, a most important part of life and something I have always enjoyed and still do, take care of yourself also.

  • Been reading that the Prime Minister wanted to go to Kiev, no doubt envious of the EU PMs visit last week. Said he has been persuaded out of it, security grounds.
    Would only have been for photo opportunities. Wish he would do some real work for a change.

  • >It is sometimes hard to appreciate just how broken our politics is. With a Government determined to remove or destroy all of the guard rails that protect us
    Yet, for some weird reason the only proposal the LibDems seem to be able to come up with is a specific type of electoral reform…

  • Mark Valladares Mark Valladares 23rd Mar '22 - 12:06am

    Roland,

    You’re clearly not paying attention then, as the Party’s 2019 manifesto had quite a bit to say on the subject.

    And, historically, the Party has campaigned for a written constitution which would make the notional guard rails, based on a gentlemen’s code of conduct, into something rather more tangible.

    Our politics has always operated on the basis of “on one’s honour”, which is fine when people generally behave honourably but is woefully inadequate to deal with those who break the unwritten rules and don’t feel any shame in doing so.

  • Peter Hirst 23rd Mar '22 - 2:37pm

    Perhaps Brexit, that has accelerated these trends can do some good if it results in us obtaining a written constitution. Our PM was the right person to get Brexit done (if that was what you wanted) and once delivered there was no way back. So by commiting to leaving the eu, the UK has starte on a negative spiral that can lead to either disaster or a rule book that prevents this sort of thing from ever happening again.

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