Tuesday, 13 October 2009

What sorcery is this?

I carry a small box in my pocket - almost everywhere I go it goes with me. Sometimes it will vibrate and light up with a strange ringing noise, and then you can hear voices coming from it. "What sorcery is this?" I hear you ask. In all honesty, I must admit that I do not know exactly how it works.

Recently I listened to one of the voices "Hello," it said, "this is one of the voices."
"Aha," I said, "and how can I help you?"
"Have you read Stephen's Linlithgow Journal recently?"
"I read it often. Is it the bit where he admits that the SNP is right and he'll be voting Nat from now on?" (It's coming soon, have patience).
"No, no, no. The bit where he's regaling us with tales of Lib Dem conference."
"Yeah, that was quite funny - training candidates at conference? Does that mean that they aren't confident in their candidates' abilities?"
"Probably, but that's not the part I'm talking about, I'm referring to the fact that he appears to be arguing that the Lib Dems debate policy in public. How does that square with the decision of the Scottish Lib Dems - the party to which Stephen belongs - to review its policy on an independence referendum but hold the debate in private?"
"What sorcery is this?"

Mind how you go!

1 comment:

Stephen Glenn said...

Nice to know you've been reading it so thoroughly Calum.

On the point you raise I gather it is not a policy motion yet, but an appraisal of party feeling over the issue that is starting at conference. It is falling under the party business section of conference, which as it discusses internal issues are always for party members only. I would have thought the fact that it was being discussed by so many members of the party in one place would have pleased you.

BTW on the subject of training at conference, what better time when all the people with skills and those seeking to acquire them are gathered together to have such training. Surely it makes sense to have one large session rather than several smaller groups splattered across the country. And surely training and learning should always be ungoing for any aspiring politician, things are constantly changing and none of us are perfect, not even your good self. ;)