Lib Dems need to pull their finger out


by Sunny
25th January, 2006 at 5:59 pm    

Many blog-inches have been spent commenting on the Liberal Democrats lately, not least because two bloggers have tried to stake some claim to Mark Oaten’s scalp, much to the annoyance of many of their comrades.

Personally I couldn’t care less. I continue to judge political parties on their policies than what their MPs do in private, especially when it’s not illegal. So I will continue to support them while Labour and Tories have little to offer.

Instead, I want bring your attention to a new initiative called Reflecting Britain that some Lib Dem MPs launched on Tuesday to increase representation of women and ethnic minority MPs within their ranks. Currently all 62 Lib Dem MPs are white and predominantly male.

In the current climate of intense turmoil, it would be great if they reinvented themselves by doing more than other parties in being sexually representative since they’re barely par with the Tories in % terms.

I’m not as bothered about more ethnic minority MPs to be honest, as that is about merit, but more concerned why the most liberal of parties does not have more women MPs. They are, after all, a vote grabber. So c’mon Lib Dems, get your fingers out!
Oh and the website is in the form of a blog, so even better!


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  1. Reflecting Britain

    [...] Sunny at Pickled Politics has this to say: I want bring your attention to a new initiative called Reflecting Britain that some Lib Dem MPs launched on Tuesday to increase representation of women and ethnic minority MPs within their ranks. Currently all 62 Lib Dem MPs are white and predominantly male. [...]




  1. Ed Scanlin — on 25th January, 2006 at 8:03 pm  

    If the American people only knew how many innocent
    American citizens have been murdered in order for the
    Bush Conspiracy to succeed, there would be fifty
    million people demonstrating in front of the White House
    every day
    The outcome of all this will be either we will give up our democracy, or George W. Bush etal. will hang for treason.
    They are committing treason every day.

  2. Sunny — on 25th January, 2006 at 8:10 pm  

    Errrr… what? Wrong topic thread maybe Ed?

  3. Joe Otten — on 25th January, 2006 at 8:17 pm  

    All 62 are predominantly male?

    Such rampant transexuality demonstrages fantastic diversity IMHO.

  4. Jay Singh — on 25th January, 2006 at 8:41 pm  

    Their Chairman is a token Asian though isnt he? Lord Dholakia.

  5. Bikhair — on 25th January, 2006 at 9:01 pm  

    Pickled Pimples,

    A few things the liberal democrats need to do to be successful. Relax gun laws, when guns are outlawed only the outlaws have guns. Stop immigrating of all those jahil Muslims into the country. Lower taxes, and completely dismantle the welfare state. THere is nothing more contemptous of man than the welfare state, except ofcourse in cases where there is a necessity like disability, spousal abandonment, and parental abandonment of minors.

  6. Sunny — on 25th January, 2006 at 11:25 pm  

    Heh, Joe – you know what I mean. I hope.

    Jay – I think he’s stepping down, or already has.

  7. jamal — on 26th January, 2006 at 12:02 am  

    lib dems just seem to be full of alcoholic and gays at the moment. either theyre drinking their careers to death or visiting rent boys! (slight exaggeration included)

  8. coruja — on 26th January, 2006 at 1:55 am  

    Jamal,

    Yes, no wonder they are defecting to the Conservatives, all that is left for them and the Cons. is auto-asphyxiation with a variety of citrus fruit. Or David Cameron.

  9. coruja — on 26th January, 2006 at 10:45 am  

    Looks like Simon Hughes is ‘upping the ante’ by declaring his bisexual relationships. It is nice of him to insist that his homosexual relationships were neither illegal nor involved payment. (Yes, what about his hetero ones asks all concerned Tories!!??)

    He also mentions, “Nobody has a perfect life”, which in the eyes of the electorate must mean never fielding let alone batting for the other team.

    It is sad that he has had to be defensive about such things, indeed why questions about his preferred choice of horizontal tango partner are ever raised.

    Of course people will now say that he has been caught lying/being evasive about something of vital import & is now deemed untrustworthy.

  10. Peter — on 26th January, 2006 at 11:50 am  

    Good post, Sunny. For me it is the other way around.

    We haven’t got enough female MPs yet – but we’re making progress. On EM MPs I would like us to move faster. We lost our only EM MP last election – and only one EM MEP. OTOH we have many many EM councillors so there is hope.

  11. The Ink Slinger — on 26th January, 2006 at 7:47 pm  

    A new entry for the OED:

    Proct-ored.

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