Friday, March 12th, 2010

miss_s_b: (Politics: Goth Lib Dems)
Anyone with even the tiniest sliver of social grace knows that being a political activist of any stripe is faintly embarrassing. Politics is not cool and obsessing over turnouts and boundaries and psesphology marks one out as a bit of a weirdo.

How much more embarrassing, then, to be a Lib Dem activist. A social leper to even other politics geeks. Someone who hasn't got the entitlement complex and the brass to be a Tory, hasn't got the superiority complex and the moralising nature to join Labour. Someone who can tolerate being thought of as a sandal-wearing, muesli-eating, hippy do-gooder by most people.

But even among Lib Dem activists, there is a subset who are considered an embarrassment. Yes, people, I am talking about those of us who attend Glee Club. Glee Club basically involves getting drunk and laughing at bad jokes and singing painfully bad filks painfully badly. It's the political equivalent of your dad dancing at your 18th birthday party.

Glee Club is one of the things that make me proudest to be a Lib Dem. It's a giant two-fingered salute to all those po-faced arseholes who think that politicians ought to be staid and dull and grey. It says we don't care if you think we're an embarrassment; we've got a sense of humour and we don't care who knows it. It's a recognition of the fact that if you're going to make a difference to anything or anyone, first you have to overcome your embarrassment at standing out from the crowd. To paraphrase Kipling:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of raucous song,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Lib Dem, my son!
I hope all those of you who are on your way to Birmingham today will reflect on this, just a little. And if you attend Glee Club, raise a glass to me when they do the anthems and Ilkley Moor Baht 'At comes around. I'll be with you in spirit.



My March sponsor is Mark Reckons.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Oh dear)
So part of the reason I am not at #ldconf this weekend is because I couldn't get my shifts covered at work. What happens, on a weekend when I know there's no cover? I come down with enteritis, and can't work because my work involves food handling.

So not only am I missing out on conference, and not only does my gut feel like someone is tying knots in it, but I have caused a massive problem at work, and am losing money through not being able to work to boot.

Isn't life a joy?



My March sponsor is Mark Reckons, whose gut is in perfect health as far as I am aware.
miss_s_b: DreamSheep/Matrix icon (DreamSheep: Matrix)
Woe! Everyone is at #ldconf listening to barnstorming speeches by Paddy and Tim Farron, and I'm stuck at home with dicky innards, and nothing but a Spotify premium account to cheer me up with endless Dragonforce. Still, might as well make myself useful and catch up on some of the stuff that's been piling up for me to do on the computer, starting with some...

Fresh Squeezings From the Veins of the Internet

And today's meme is inspired by this post on TeaKay's blog: post a photo of your Doctor Who shelf (or in the case of Daddies Richard and Alex, Doctor Who entire flat):

Without wishing to seem smug, I have four sets of Who shelves, along with the other various things scattered about all over the house. And this is not including [personal profile] amazing_holly's Sarah-Jane mania...

to spare the f-list the pictures are under a cut )

Anyone who isn't at Lib Dem conference want to take up the challenge of outgeeking me, here?



my March sponsor is Mark Reckons, and I suspect he's getting increasingly embarrassed about it.

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