Welcome to my day: 5 February 2018 – time to wrap up a little warmer?

It seems that the forecast for the coming week is for temperatures to drop a bit. So, be like me and make sure that you wrap up warmly, especially if you’re campaigning for the May elections!

This week, I’m hoping for a sign, any sign, that the Government has a clearly stated plan for how it is going to handle negotiations with the European Union. Admittedly, there are a number of potential plans out there, but as there isn’t an apparent majority for any of them, we may have to keep on waiting.

Today is the 368th anniversary of the Prince of Wales proclaimed King Charles II of Great Britian by the Covenanter Parliament of Scotland, and sees the 158th anniversary of Wallachia and Moldavia becoming united under Alexander John Cuza as the United Principalities, now known as Romania.

I can’t promise you anything quite as significant as either of those, but what have we got for you today?

Today sees the publication of a report, commissioned by the Party, which addresses the NHS and social care funding issue, and we’ve had a press release, which I’ve chosen to publish verbatim. That perhaps isn’t what we’d normally do, but I didn’t want to allow my personal perspective to colour what you get to see. It is, however, a pretty heavyweight report and well worth a read. I’m told that Vince Cable will be responding to it this afternoon.

We also have a new contributor, Phil Wainewright, who has a slogan which we might adopt. He’s been a member for even longer than I have, which is quite a long time, so do engage with him.

I’ll be reporting on events last week in the Lords, and reviewing the coming week’s events there before they go into recess for a week or so, whilst Tahir Maher wonders about the link between inequality and media ownership.

There’s an anniversary tomorrow, and our Party President will be fasting as part of an event to mark it. I’m hoping to get an explanation as to why.

So, time to get on. Have a great day!

* Mark Valladares is the Monday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice. This doesn’t necessarily make him a bad person…

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  • “There’s an anniversary tomorrow, and our Party President will be fasting as part of an event to mark it. I’m hoping to get an explanation as to why”.

    Well, let’s hope that dear Sal doesn’t get a visit from the Asquith Government’s forced feeding specialists.

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  • Lorenzo Cherin 5th Feb '18 - 12:36pm


    Do you think in a prison those fasting should be allowed to, or do you think a humane way of forced feeding if possible is best. Similarly in a hospital if the person fasting in protest has been taken to one.

    I admire Sal and the stance here , but am not in favour of hunger strikes as I think it is organised self harm, and is to reminiscent of the effects of some peoples real and problematic relationship with food, such as those with eating related disorders.

    I relate to the motive of the Asquith government saving their lives, not their method.

    Campbell – Bannerman , earlier had according to some biographical sources , been in favour of votes for women, but believed that it would take time as he saw how many disagreed.

  • No I don’t support forced feeding, then or now. The World Medical Association specifically prohibited forced-feeding in its Declaration of Tokyo in 1975 – though the USA practised it in Guantanamo…….

    Between 1909 and 1914, under Home Secretaries Herbert Gladstone, Winston Churchill and Reginald McKenna, it was brutal and primitive and a stain on the Liberal Government of Herbert Asquith – as was the Cat and Mouse Act.

    I don’t know whether Sal realises it, but her fasting will be a tribute to the people who burned down Lloyd George’s house (paid for by Marconi shares etc.,) at Walton Heath.

    IMO Women’s suffrage owes more to the peaceful persuasive suffragists such as Millicent Fawcett and Catherine Marshall rather than to the militant suffragettes of the WSPU and the Pankhursts. I am currently coordinating plans to erect a blue plaque to Catherine (she was also secretary of the No Conscription Fellowship) at her home in Cumbria in the autumn.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 5th Feb ’18 – 12:36pm………….I relate to the motive of the Asquith government saving their lives, not their method………

    I think it was ONLY a case of not allowing martyrdom NOT concern for their lives…

  • Tahir Maher Tahir Maher 6th Feb '18 - 6:27am

    You look well wrapped up Mark 🙂

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