If someone is absolutely convinced they're right and not prepared to consider other evidence, they're not Liberal even if they're espousing a liberal positionwhich I think is a really pithy way of putting the liberal attitude to an evidence base for your ideas.
Also there's some discursive comments in the first two that could do with some more discussion but I haven't had the time or the spoons, so I'd like to apologise for that, especially to haggis, who has asked some really interesting (but long) questions. I'll get there at some point :)
Previous Posts in This Series:
Coming Soon (not necessarily in this order):
- The Liberal approach to Education, and why Education is fundamental to Liberalism
- Non-Conformity, and why celebrating it rather than just tolerating it matters to Liberals
- Why Liberalism is Intrinsically feminist, anti-racist, pro-LGBT+-rights, etc.
- The Liberal Approach to the Elimination of Poverty
- The Rule of Law, or why Liberalism is not Anarchism
- Bodily Autonomy and Consent: not just about sex.
- Weatherwaxian Liberalism: "Treating People As Things" as a Root of Social Evil
- Solving The UNIT Dating Controversy: or why Liberalism Appeals to Geeks and Why Most of Us Are Obsessed With Scifi
Top trolling, making sure we had to hike up a bloody great hill to get there (Mr P was very fond of a hike over moorland, especially if it had a pint at the end of it).
Top trolling, stipulating the 1655 Book of Common Prayer service that the vicar was clearly unfamiliar with and kept stumbling over.
And well done for picking Jerusalem, which both me and Dad could boom out in our sleep.
Requiescat in pace, Alan Petford.
One of the big disagreements with the party line that is being publicly played out at the moment is Alex Carlile, in the Lords, doggedly pursuing the securocrat agenda and trying to ressurect the snoopers' charter, because TERRORISTS and PAEDOS mean the whole
However, Alex Carlile is not the only Liberal who disagrees with a plank of party policy which most of the rest of the party considers to be fundamental; this is one of the things that makes me reluctant about calling for the whip to be withdrawn. For instance: m'colleague Aremay is in favour of renewing Trident. He's totally a liberal, he just happens to like nuclear weapons. I myself think an elected House of Lords is a bloody stupid idea****. To many people in the party, this is a statement which is enough to induce pearl-clutching horror.
So, my fellow Lib Dems, this is your chance. Which bit of party dogma that EVERYONE else seems to think is fundamental to being a Lib Dem do YOU disagree with? Perhaps you think that One Member One Vote for conference is ridiculous. Perhaps you feel that we should be supporting flat taxes? Maybe even (whisper it gently) you think that Paddy Ashdown's Joke is a bit rubbish?
This is your chance. I promise I won't judge, or call for you to be kicked out of the party. Tell me, anonymously if you like*****: which party policy that everyone else loves do you hate?
*note: you're free to hurt YOURSELF as much as you like. Just not other people.
**especially legal aid and access to justice, which is something I think is incredibly important and the party in parliament haven't taken anywhere near a strong enough stand on when bloody Grayling is dismantling it.
***note: not kick him out of the party, because I AM a liberal.
****I think the Lords needs reform, I just don't think election is the way to go. I favour a jury-type system of appointment, for a fixed term. I also suspect that now I have put that, most of the comments to this post will be taken up with arguments about Lords reform...
*****although DO bear in mind my comments policy
Which is the most ridiculous hammer Dracula death?
Burnt by daylight after Peter Cushing leaps for the conveniently placed Curtains of Doom (Dracula - 1958)
Running Water in an icy moat (Dracula Prince of Darkness)
Being impaled on a massive pointy cross (Dracula Has Risen From The Grave)
Hallucinating a church service after seeing a couple of crucifixes (Taste the Blood of Dracula)
Being struck by extremely convenient lightning (Scars of Dracula)
Impaled on a cartwheel (Dracula AD1972)
Falling into a grave full of spikes and being whacked with a shovel (Dracula AD1972 again)
Trying to walk through a hawthorn bush, getting stuck, staked, and having his ring blown through by The Cush (Satanic Rites of Dracula)
Tripping up and falling onto the pointier end of The Cush's spear (The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires)
Myself, I'm going to find this one REALLY hard to answer, but I love them all. Except maybe Scars, which has too much Dennis Waterman & not enough not-Dennis-Waterman