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Weird, I haven't posted for the best part of a week, and even then it's been link/discuss. Um, yeah, alive. Can't claim busy (although I can proclaim exhaustion I think).

Have loads of stuff I kinda-sorta want to post about, including a few damn fine books I've read or am reading (Vallance's The Glorious Revolution being top of the list, a book about events in 1688 still has many many modern echoes that nearly inspired a post or three). But, well, actual inclination to do so lacking. A bit of a meh mood really—when I'm in Yorkshire, I'm either working or wanting to spend time with SB, when I'm down here I'm recovering.

OTOH, very busy week this week—just got back in from the London leadership hustings for the Lib Dems, and, um, yeah—two damn fine candidates that I'd be happy to see as leaders, both very very good. Consensus in the pub from those who've been members longer than me is that both were better than any of the three from last year. Given that one of them was a candidate last year, well, competition + experience = bonus in this case.

Tomorrow I go, hopefully, to see/hear Iain M. Banks get interviewed at Imperial, although timing on that one is difficult, it starts at 6pm and I technically finish work at 6p. Ah well, finish early I guess.

Then Thursday I have tickets for the [livejournal.com profile] now_show. Friday, probably, going out somewhere, then Saturday back oop north. Memo to self: book tickets for journey. Am reading entries, just not commenting much, spending a lot of time haging out on various Lib Dem places trying to see if anyone can persuade me &c. Also, my attept to port my twitterings to Facebook has worked fine, but they're not showing up here, which is annoying.

Date: 2007-11-28 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplecthulhu.livejournal.com
As I understand it the interview will start at 7pm, so you don't need to rush too hard.

Date: 2007-11-28 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Saturday back oop north


Date: 2007-11-28 11:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-s-b.livejournal.com
Also, see edit on most recent LJ entry for more yay!

* smooches *

Date: 2007-11-28 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pmoodie.livejournal.com
Ooh, excellent, I hope you make it along to see the Banksie interview. He's one of me faves! :)

Date: 2007-11-28 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caramel-betty.livejournal.com
two dan fine candidates that I'd be happy to see as leaders, both very very good. Consensus in the pub from those who've been members longer than me is that both were better than any of the three from last year.

I'm having trouble deciding who to vote for. It goes like this:

- my instincts are very much more for Nick Clegg, who I feel is slightly stronger on issues like ID cards and decision making power being at the right level (c.f. his Orange Book entry - so Europe is a great place for some decisions, but not for others, and a lot of the power is in the wrong place (both ways))
- Chris Huhne, however, has tended to be somewhat more confident in his answers - Nick can waffle a little
- but Chris Huhne's campaign also seem to be somewhat more trigger happy with dirty tricks...
- ...which might be an electoral asset, but might backfire. And I always felt that our greatest strength under Charles Kennedy was trying to avoid what looked like squabbling, and trying to take a "tough decisions with a reasonably moral highground base" sort of position, trying to rise above being baited by the other parties
- I wonder if Nick Clegg will keep more votes from the Tories, if Huhne is painted by the other parties as some sort of green-mad eco-fascist. (He's not, I know.) "But darling! He'll price us out of three holidays a year to Tuscany! We'll have to cut back and only go to Seville five times next year. Oh, and flying to Paris. That goes without saying."

And if we're at 18-ish in the polls now, which is supposedly mostly coming from Labour, I'd rather see the Tories give some votes to us, and I think Clegg would be more likely to do that.

Bother. And blast.

Any thoughts, for a poor confused [livejournal.com profile] caramel_betty?

Date: 2007-11-28 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caramel-betty.livejournal.com
Hmm. So then, I can only find one key difference between Paddy and Charles which could possibly account for their prowess in seat gaining. Questions must be answered.

Which of Chris and Nick do you think would be more likely to steal your crisps (http://matgb.livejournal.com/243963.html)?

Date: 2007-11-28 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunflowerkits.livejournal.com
hee hee, I went to see Iain Banks here in Cheltenham at the literature festival. He is funny and rambles on lots. Hope you enjoy it!
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

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