Those are the words that persuaded me to join up to the Lib Dems. They mean a lot to me. They clearly mean a lot to whoever designed the membership card too, since they are on it. Of course, the lawyer in me points out that it could be argued that it only means not being enslaved by your own ignorance, and not the ignorance of others...
Yesterday, despite direct and personal evidence given by members of LGBT+ Lib Dems that the process was directly discriminatory, and evidence given by lots of people that the process would not make anyone safer, and may well in fact be counterproductive and induce a false sense of security, the alphabet soup of federal committees decided to adopt
security theatre accreditation for autumn conference again.
"no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity"
Those words aren't just an empty platitude to me. They are a statement of principle. An aim. I want to live in a society where those words are taken as read, as a base to work from.
Yesterday, someone I care about a lot told me that while this decision was deplorable, the other stuff I was posting about yesterday, the economic stuff, was more important, and I should "get a sense of perspective". The fact that the adoption of this process means that people I care about will literally be risking their lives if they want to come to conference apparently needs to be put in perspective with the fact that Vince Cable said a thing... I feel very depressed today, and still not sure what to do about all this.