Party Conference Season

Lord Soley


I always think the start of the Party conference season is a bit like the 12th of August when the shooting season begins – or perhaps like the British Raj in India departing to Simla to avoid then summer heat! In any event it has become an established part of our political calendar and it is important for Party members. I like to think it is also important for many members of the public and it probably is – they form their opinions about the Party, the individuals who lead them and the policies.

 The Liberal Democrats conference was particularly interesting because it is the first time that they have been in government for many years but I, like other non Liberal members, was watching closely for signs of strain in the coalition. Maybe their members were all watching too!

 The Labour Party provided real theatre oscillating between Julius Caesar and the West Wing. Although I did not vote for Ed Miliband and didn’t want him to win I do not take the view that he should not have stood against his brother. Politics is tough but if you believe strongly that you are suited to lead then you have the right to stand for election. I am also pleased that David Miliband has decided to stay an MP – his talents should not be lost.

 So now I await the Tory conference – and a justification for an economic policy that seems to me to risk pushing us back into recession.

4 comments for “Party Conference Season

  1. 04/10/2010 at 2:35 am

    Principles score for Lord Norton’s Post:
    Clarity: 6 out of 10;
    for dominantly, but reasonably clearly expressed,personal views;
    His paragraphing makes easier reading and topic-sorting (than does the lack-of-paragraphing used by quite a number of other peers-of-the-blog) but could still do with further paragraphing e.g. paragraph one has at least three distinct topics: : “Shooting/British Raj”; “Party conferencing’s political importance”; “Members of the public’s possible interest”.
    Charity: 6 out of 10.
    The lord seems to have reasonably well understood the positive intent of Party conferencing;
    but his opening parallel with “shooting season” and “the British Raj” feels somewhat-inappropriate.
    He’s probably got the interest-of-the-public the wrong way round, too.

    He fairly clearly sums up The Democrats.

    Putting his own Labour party last adds a point for his observation of the Charity principle.

    (But my particular sort of mind finds “Politics is tough” non-sequitur-al to “If you believe strongly that you are suited to lead then you have the right to stand for election”).
    Self-Correction preparedness: 5 + 1 = 6 out of 10.
    Lord Soley seems fixed in some mindsets, most alarmingly (even if true-to-the-unfortunate-fact) that the British public think more of Political Parties and of Leaders therein, than they do of the Policies that will dictate the public’s quality and security of Life.

    Number of words 249, one bonus point under Self-Correction.
    What does JSDM himself think ?
    A true Peoples’ Democracy should have Peoples Conferencing; which with a population of 65 million is going to mean forums, discussion, scrutiny, clarification, learning, and decision-making channels, practically continuously and on a daily basis between elections.

    Otherwise, party-conferencing remains like tuning in to the Discovery channel every so year or so, for a fresh glimpse of distant and totally unreachable stars, galaxies, and black-holes.

    • 10/10/2010 at 8:57 am

      Self-Correction: My opening to the above contribution should read
      “Principles-score for Lord Soley’s Post:”

      not ” … for Lord Norton’s …” (who actually currently scores very significantly lower for Clarity, Charity, and Self-Correction (including for Self-Correction-preparedness) than does Soley in his role as Lord or as Clive).

    04/10/2010 at 7:59 am

    The Tory lan follws hir logic as Labors follows Labours socialist thinking.

    Thouh I do wonder about when you said if someone htinks hey can lead hey should stand. I was under the impression most Politicians ran because they anted poewer or to advance some ideology or just their caeers, not “because I think I can lead”, but thats just me.

  3. ladytizzy
    04/10/2010 at 10:35 pm

    The stage-managing of all the conferences has ripped the guts, and original purpose, out of them.

    Since the LibDem effort was co-managed, it was never likely to reach the heady heights of ‘interesting’, and after the pfft of a contest resembling a collapsed souffle, Ed didn’t have the political nous to sweat in his new position. Even a litle bit.

    Thank goodness for Boris.

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