Welcome to my day… 26 June

Mark Valladares and the lemurAnd they say that you shouldn’t go back… But relax, gentle reader, it’s only as a locum day editor due to a clash of commitments and some deranged word processing software which keeps Caron busy elsewhere. Don’t worry, she’ll be back before you know it, and I can spend more time with my lemur friend.

So, what do we have for you today? Well, at the time of writing, not as much as I’d like, I’m afraid. However, that will doubtless change as the day goes on, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. First up, Andy Strange reports exclusively from University College London, where the Liberal Democrats’ very own secret society – the English Council – met on a Saturday afternoon. And, like Edward Snowden, I am led to understand that Andy is now on a plane from Moscow to Havana as you read this, escaping from the vengeance of the powers that be…

And, courtesy of Mark Pack, formerly of this parish, and a seemingly nice young man called Tim Farron, we bring you some suggestions to help the Party in improving the skillset of the candidates we select to fight Parliamentary seats. They seem to think that membership is important. What do you think?

Since I’m at the controls, I thought that I should make a call for better public administration. You’re with me on that, aren’t you? I thought not. But read what I have to say anyway, you might be surprised.

Finally, we have some good news for British science, courtesy of the European Parliament. You see, Europe isn’t entirely evil, is it Nigel?…

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