What do you mean, it's time for the annual Liberal Youth elections? Didn't I just do that? Oh no, I forget, that was just a by-election for virtually the entire Executive Committee, not the same thing at all...
Hmmm... and nominations closed last night. I'll announce the provisional list of candidates later but, before I do, this is what I hope to see;
A more thoughtful contest
I was astonished at the level of casual unpleasantness last time, between candidates, their supporters and even supposedly innocent bystanders. Occasionally, some of that came my way. I certainly had to spend more time than was ideal trying to pour oil on troubled waters. So, before sending that combative e-mail, or kneejerk text, ask yourself this question, "How would I feel if someone sent this to me?". Better still, sleep on it.
You see, there is a likelihood that you will have to deal with that person, or their friends. In any event, they can make your job, and therefore the work of the organisation, that bit harder.
A touch of respect for the volunteer Returning Officer
I have a life. I also have a marriage, which I value over Liberal Youth. Ringing me at 11.53 p.m. to check that your manifesto has arrived does not impress me, and tends to disturb those around me. Remember, those of us with jobs and a life generally tend to be asleep by then. I'm also prone to grouchiness if my sleep is disturbed.
I have a job too. Ringing me when I'm trying to do it is unhelpful. Do I ring you in the middle of your exams?
For the time being, that's all that I want to say. I'm sure that there's more but, until later...