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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Louise Phillips: Lib Dem activists need to start to grow up

The other day, I blogged about the vote at Lib Dem Conference on health. I said that Lib Dem activists think that THEY are the party, but actually, they are not the party, they are the party's fans (http://matthewfharris.blogspot.com/2012/03/shock-as-lib-dems-prove-fractious.html?m=1). Over at Huffington Post, the Lib Dem blogger Louise Phillips has written a superb, must-read piece about what is wrong with the activist culture of my party. Boy, is she right, including about the Glee Club (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/blackberry/p.html?id=1340235). The party's democratic structure is first-rate; what is problematic is the culture that has grown up within that structure. How do we begin the process of changing that culture?

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