Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Good grief, what does a bureaucrat have to do to make peace?

And lo, a bureaucrat rose near the centre, and called upon the bloggers of the Liberal Democrat world to lay down their pens of venom and lie together in peace and harmony. Yea, and the bloggers spoke as a multitude and sayeth, "yes, but he started it, and besides, she smells"...

That said, there has been a general sense of agreement that there is no conspiracy, merely the nature of the way these 'blogger opportunities' have been organised. All except Nich, that is. Nich, it really wasn't necessary to attack Alex like that, especially after you'd thanked his partner, Richard, for the politeness of his response. Indeed, Alex has acknowledged that his response was a bit over the top and, might I suggest, his thought that counting to one hundred before responding might be more widely applicable. For the record, coming third in Stevenage, where the Local Party had less than one hundred members and one councillor, and flying the flag in a fairly hopeless cause is rather noble, to my mind, at least.

So, let's see where we've got. We have a problem with a perceived, if not necessarily accurate, sense of Lendon-centrism. We have a suggestion that, if certain individuals feel so strongly about it, they should do something about it.

Perhaps an experiment is in order. I am attending the South East Regional Conference in Ashford on 29 March, where the guest speakers are Susan Kramer, David Heath and Norman Baker (there is another guest speaker, but I'd rather leave Ros for later, if you don't mind). If there is anyone willing to take part, I'm willing to arrange an opportunity to meet with one of them. Susan has recently hit the headlines with her musings about the leadership, David is experiencing some turbulence over Europe, and Norman, well let's just say that he's always interesting.

Alright, it's still in the South East, but I'm giving three weeks notice, and I'm willing to do the work. I may even bring doughnuts...

2 comments:

Jo said...

I would love to go to that - but I don't think this months money is going to cover two conferences :@)) and I think I would have to stay overnight...

We get paid in doughnuts at the council so I'll be alright :@P

Alex Wilcock said...

To the last two paragraphs, rather than the earlier ones (for which thank you for your kindliness): hurrah! And thank you very much.

At the risk of giving you no time to wake up in the morning and think ‘Oh, God, what have I done?’ I’ve plugged your fabulous offer on Millennium’s latest on Lib Dem Voice, where hopefully a few more blogging volunteers might be enticed towards you.

Next time I see you, remind me to buy you a very large doughnut!