a black hole: who’s who in the liberal democrats…


Just been entering my details on Who’s Who in the Liberal Democrats and come across a couple of minor problems.

Minor problem number 1

I am a member of the Northern Ireland local party – indeed I am currently chair. However, although I can put my constituency in (Belfast North), there is no region for me I have decided to put in “Devon & Cornwall” to show my Cornish heritage. This is, however, not very satisfactory. I believe that my fellow blogger, Stephen Glenn, may have put “Scotland”.

Minor problem number 2

Although this category does not apply to me, I saw that there was a subset of “MP” so clicked and found it was “Shadow Cabinet”. Surely this now needs to be changed to include “Cabinet” as well. After all the Liberal Democrats are in the Coalition Government since May 2010.

Party website problem

There is a slight problem on the main LibDem website on the in your area page too. This happens every time there is an update of the website. On this occasion it is even more annoying since the website designers are based in Belfast! There is no mention of the Northern Ireland local party. Formerly it gave details for our sister party the Alliance Party, but now it doesn’t even seem to do that. I must write and get this changed! Will let you all know what happens.

Of course our own blog Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland seems to be assisting with the recognition of the LibDems here in the province.

Back to WWLD… perhaps there should be a category for bloggers, and another for twitter.


I have just written to the Liberal Democrats website team (on the website contacts page) to seek rectification of the lack of NI local party, I’ll update you when I get their response. Also, here’s Stephen’s take on the subject.


Phil Woolas needs to consider the final outcome of his words before emailing


That campaign was marred by the interference of outside bodies including the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) and others. MPAC and others campaigned in favour of the Liberal Democrat.

Phil Woolas MP in email
published in Saddleworth News

The above quotation comes from the embattled Labour Member of Parliament for Oldham East & Saddleworth in an email as quoted by Saddleworth News.

A quick question for Mr Woolas. If it is not okay for MPAC to support the Liberal Democrat candidate, why is it okay for the Trade Unions to support the Labour one?

Is this a case where a Labour politician is calling for the Trade Union movement not to support candidates in the general election. This would certainly help in making elections fairer for all. But, I don’t think it is a very liberal minded approach.

a country we can be proud to hand on to our children


Britain in 2010 is anxious, unsure about the future, but Britain in 2015 will be a different country. Strong, fair, free and full of hope again. A country we can be proud to hand on to our children. That is the goal we must keep firmly fixed in our minds. That is the prize.

The Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minster,
Speech to Lib Dem Conference,
Monday 20 September 2010.

our flabber is gasted


Yesterday evening, Total Politics published its list of the top 75 Liberal Democrat blogs.

Quite how this has happened is anybody’s guess, but we are very pleased at this recognition given our rather short existence. May this be a sign of things to come.

Top 50 Scotland BlogSeriously, congratulations to Stephen on his placing at №7 in the Liberal Democrats category, and also his placing at №7 (again) in the Scottish blogs category. I wonder where he will come in the overall.