Saturday, 14 March 2009

Chair elections and hissy fits...

. One of the slightly less documented and probably less edifying aspects of conference is documented by Chris Lovell over on his blog. Not present on Chris's blog are the contents of a rather snide and deceptively coloured lilac leaflet that Sara Scarlett also circulated at conference. Subsequently an apology has been issued which can only, charitably, be called insincere.

One of the most noticeable things about her campaign website is the complete lack of any political content which probably explains why she is trying to turn the contest into a purely personal one. Also, notable is the screeching lack of mention of how she intends to relate to the wider party (apart from to complain bitterly about the non-compulsory nature of entering your DOB upon joining) which, of course, where the issues raised in this election become of a concern to the wider party. Elaine Bagshaw's site has the distinct virtue of linking both to Liberal Democrat Voice and Lynne Featherstone's blog and openly stating;

"Whilst Liberal Youth is separated from the Federal Party, we are still all Lib Dems, and want to see more Lib Dems get elected."

This forms part of a promise to organise a national Liberal Youth action day in a different constituency every month. How a parties youth organisation relates to the main party is always a thorny issue; I have to be totally honest and say I am not in favour of formal separation from either perspective because the closer the links the more a youth voice gets heard in the policy process and obviously the wider party is damaged by a complete sectioning off of young members. In that context such a promise from one of the candidates for Chair has to be welcomed.

Scarlett's website raises other interesting questions especially the section where she promises to seek funding from 'sister organisations' in order to 'free-up funds'. It is hard not to wonder specifically which 'sister organisations' she has in mind and whether these associations would be altogether wise politically (given that she has demonstrated such serious lapses of political judgement herself already). Overall though this election seems not to be getting much coverage on the wider blogsphere it is one that unquestionably has a bearing on our party as a whole.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elaine is lovely; I can't understand why people wouldn't want to support her in this election and give her another year in the job. She has been making headway; and whichever prat heckled her at the Harrogate Rally deserves to be strongly reprimanded. I suspect it only won her more support anyway.

Darrell G said...

Anon,

Well quite :)....I personally think she also deserves the post on the merit of the politics for the reasons I outline above...

Hywel said...

It seems the internal rows get more strident the less the organisation achieves.

Alix said...

Interesting what you say about the lack of coverage on the blogosphere.

I've only become aware of any of these sad shenanigans from Tory Bear. LY just didn't feature in my online Lib Dem "world" until they started leaking stuff to the opposition. Possibly relates to a lack of tech/comms savviness as wot I was laying into on my blog the other day.

Darrell G said...

Alix,

Ye I heard about that stuff too; what I was really meaning was our blogsphere.

Could well relate to that or something else...:)