Opinion: The things to watch out for in Brighton
I’m off this morning to Lib Dem Conference in
In praise of conference
I said to someone earlier this week that by going to conference you see both the best and the worst of the Liberal Democrats. You see the party at its most organised, professional, intelligent, thoughtful and enthusiastic. You also see the party at its most bizarre, argumentative, dishevelled and disorganised. I suppose by being that it is also a real cross-section not only of the party, but the country as a whole. People may see politicians and politics as unrepresentative and out of touch. In reality, a political party is a pretty diverse set of people and I have certainly met far more people from far more different backgrounds by being active in the Liberal Democrats than I would have done otherwise.
The Politics of Envy
Scotsman.com News - I'll hammer the rich who earn £70,000 or more, declares Ming (salary £60,227) SIR Menzies Campbell yesterday pledged to "hammer" households earning more than £70,000 with higher taxes. The Liberal Democrat leader said the rich have done "too well" under Labour and agreed the wealthiest 10 per cent should pay more taxes.....
My Two Cents...on the Lib Dem Conference
The Liberal Democrats are in
LibDems reveal their city of the future.
Ming Campbell is calling for
Live from t’internet cafe in the West Bar of the
The Zero-Carbon Britain debate is starting shortly, although there are huge queues outside the Centre for anyone with a bag. My top tip to any other delegates is to carry your big pile of papers instead of taking a bag. This satisfies the stewards you’re not a terrorist, even if you look a bit odd, and lets you jump the bag check.
A question of leadership
It is the question on everybody's lips but only the media and the bloggers are talking about it openly, what do we do with a problem like Ming? Here we have a leader who is fostering a Team Ming approach by encouraging young talented MPs to come forward and show what they can do, who has refocussed the party's organisation to the extent that we are even paying Conference stewards this year (it is the small things that matter), and who has directed a fundamental policy review that is putting the party at the radical edge of debate on taxation, the environment and civil liberties. Despite all of that the public are still not warming to him and we continue to underperform in the polls.
Make Votes Count Fringe
As a long standing supporter of electoral reform I decided to make my first proper fringe of conference the Make Votes Count fringe held a lunch-time today. It was basically a snapshot discussion of "where now" for electoral reform given the new Gordon Brown government.
Ming meets leading Lib Dem bloggers
This morning, Ming Campbell met with leading Liberal Democrat bloggers in
Official website of Ming Campbell