May 24th, 2015


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I would rather like the Lib-Dems to stop shooting themselves in the face.

Overe here you will be able to see the announcement by the leader of the Scottish Lib Dems that Alistair Carmichael realises he has been a very naughty boy, and that we should give him a second chance.

And you'll be able to see the top response:
Not much else that can be done. The SNP would most likely win any by-election. It’s a choice of standing behind Alistair or losing another MP. Life just gets better for the LibDems.
However, you won't be able to see _my_ reply to that. Because it's sitting in moderation despite other, later, replies appearing just fine:
Of course there's more that could be done. He could be tried, under party rules, with bringing the party into disrepute.

And then we could lose the by-election.

And then we could move on and start fighting the battle to win some Scottish seats back without being tainted constantly with backing our MPs, even when they cost the taxpayer millions through lies, because of short term opportunism.

If he'd stood up before the election and admitted that he'd done it, that would be a different matter - he could have resigned his role, and stood for the seat legitimately. But he lied, and continued to lie, and stood while lying.

Him remaining in his seat is going to make it harder for every activist trying to win seats in 2016 in Holyrood, and 2020 in Westminster.

The Lib Dems cannot win without being seen to care about honesty and decency. We _cannot_ be seen as the party of political tricks and lies.
But apparently saying such obvious truths is not considered palatable by whoever is manning the moderation queue today*.

I _really_ want to be able to support the Lib Dems. More than that, when I have more energy I'd like to be out there working with them trying to make a difference. But they're making it really hard for me.

Over on [ profile] miss_s_b's "Where Next" post two weeks ago I said:
I want a Lib-Dem party who are going to stand up for Liberal things, even in a coalition. Who aren't going to vote for DRIP, no matter what. Who are going to _think_ about things like the Bedroom Tax before voting it through, and realise the knock-on effects. Who will publicly, and loudly, stand up for disabled people, even if they're in coalition with people who are cutting their benefits. _Particularly_ when they are in a coalition with them. I want an end to "cabinet responsibility".

Go in, publicly make agreements, stand by those agreements, but don't then add on bits which are illiberal and justify them with "They'd be even worse without us" - make the people who believe in unpleasant things vote for the unpleasant things, if that means making Labour and Conservatives gang up on us then that's great - because it means people can see what we sodding well stand for.

And what I want us to stand for is reform. There's nothing on the front page of the manifesto, or in our "red lines" that made me think "Yes, this is a party I will vote for, no matter what." It was (largely) good stuff, but it didn't grab me. And if the Lib Dems want my support, and the support of other liberal, democratic people then their big selling point shouldn't be "We'll cut less than X" or "Spend more than Y" - it should be "We'll make the other fuckers more liberal, more democratic, and hold the bastards to account."
And I stand by that. That's the party that they were sold to me as. And I'm still holding out hope that, given new leadership who aren't managerial centralists, that's the party they can be. But right now it's slipping away at fairly high speed.

*It's now vanished from the moderation queue too. Huzzah for open and robust discussion.

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A problem with Goodreads

Well two missing options when it's asking me to rate books so it can recommend things to me:
1) I have no idea which volume of Transmetropolitan was which, so asking me to rate multiple separate ones doesn't actually help.
2) There's no option for "I loved this book. But I was sixteen at the time, and frankly, I'm not sure I trust my taste from then..."

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