The Lib Dems don’t give a fuck

The Lib Dem Conference has voted to not debate the idea of kicking the Health and Social Reform Bill into touch, but to debate Shirley Williams’s motion of “aren’t the leadership so very good and special and look at all the amendments they’ve made which contribute to making the bill such a fucking mess” instead.

Twitter is up in arms. The rest of the country might be up in arms as well, but I’ve working since 8am (now nearly 11pm) and Twitter is literally all I can see. There’s a place on the internet where you can tweet all the Lib Dem MPs who are on Twitter and ask them to vote to drop the NHS bill in the Commons debate on Tuesday, which Andy Burnham has finally managed to swing (the government ignoring their own promise to debate every e-petition that gets over 100,000 signatures is something for another day).

Lots of people have tweeted the MPs. Some made their displeasure about the vote felt by using the hashtag for the Lib Dem conference. And in response, some Lib Dem conference attendees or other party affiliates accused the tweeters of spamming or being Labour party members.

Labour party members? Is this really how insular parliamentary politics has become, that concerned citizens – genuinely worried and quite fucking scared at the prospect of a legal basis being set up for excluding people from healthcare and charging for things that are currently free, creating a two-tier system like the one that works so well in America – can’t express that concern without being accused of playing party politics? ‘They can’t possibly have their own opinions and fears, someone must have put them up to it.’

Yes, this action has coalesced around the debate on Tuesday, but that’s because we see it as our last chance, our last hope. You see it as a way to further your career. We want our elected representatives to hear our voices, you wonder how we dare question those same elected representatives. We passionately believe in something, you – as other, wittier people on Twitter put it – passionately believe in your comfortable ministerial car. We think this is a matter way beyond partisanship, you are so enmeshed in it you can’t see anything else. We say we’re about to lose faith in you, that a lot of us are floating voters who voted Lib Dem in 2010 because we thought we saw another way; you react to us like we’ve touched you with filthy hands. Apparently we’re not meant to come that close to our dear leaders until 2015.

For what it’s worth, here’s my voting record since turning 18 in 1996:

  • 1997 general election: Labour
  • 2005 general election (stupidly wasn’t registered in 2001): Lib Dem
  • 2010 general election: Green
  • Council elections 1998-2005ish – Lib Dem
  • Council elections 2005ish-2010 mix of Lib Dem and Green
  • 2004 London elections: probably Ken Livingstone (honestly can’t remember, but can’t think of who else I’d have voted for), Assembly mixture of Lib Dem and Green
  • 2008 London elections: Brian Paddick first, Ken Livingstone second, Assembly mixture of Lib Dem and Green

Political parties – I am yours for the taking. But not by you, Lib Dems. Not now.

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