Pete Tong used to present the Essential Mix on Radio 1. In fact I think he still does. There was a time when I would listen to it religiously, and I've always loved the way he would say "We continue...." quite happily as my favourite mixes moved through their two hour allocation...*
Invoking this, I'm thinking the words "we continue" as I reflect on these two posts:
Ellie Sharman warns against moving to the left:
Then Alex Marsh posts a more than adequate riposte here:
In short, we've had both sides. Again - we had this erupt in the blogosphere when Liberal Left and Liberal Reform were formed a few short months ago.
And still we continue. We won't outlaw anyone. We don't do that sort of thing. But this does contribute to people not knowing what we stand for - we even have a lot of trouble convincing people we are about freedom tbh and for those of us wont to quote the preamble to the constitution at voters - that's all very nice for our rather intellectual selves but what does it mean to people in their daily lives? What can they rely on us for?
This liberal/libertarian vs Social Democrat argument interests me but I'm not seeing any conclusions nor a desire to within the party. How about we put the almighty David Laws' ideas on the NHS for instance, to a debate, but rather more like a summit where we have to form a consensus and then vote? Wouldn't that give us more powerful policy that's been ratified by the party rather than arguments about who the Real Lib Dems™ are ?
We're all smart people. I do think we are the smartest political party or I wouldn't be in it. Can we reconcile the apparently irreconcilable? And moreover, do we want to?
But I'm sure that we'll continue....
*My absolute favourite is Daft Punk, 1997, since you ask.