A challenge – click on the link below and find out about Liberal values.

www.facebook.com/libdems/videos/vb.5883973269/10153292156993270/?type=2&theater

It’s not what the Tory press tell you our values are but what they really are. This is a uplifting video in the last days of what has been an utterly uninspiring general election campaign all round.

The North – England’s dilemma – Read IBB’s excellent posting

www.birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/the-consensus-on-northern-devolution-is.html

Take a look at the posting via the link above. Iain, lays out the issues very well indeed. It makes you wonder why we in the north of England have accepted being governed so poorly and so remotely (from London) for so long. He makes the Liberal cause of devolution, campaigned for over many generations, seem even more important today than ever before.

IRAQ – 10 years ago a million people marched through London

Just how many people died in Labour’s illegal war we will probably never know.

Having said I rarely, if ever, read national newspapers in a posting not long ago I broke my duck today as I had some time to kill whilst waiting for Jen in Ormskirk.

I bought the Independent on Sunday and there on the Comment page was Ming Campbell reminding us all that just 10 years ago many of us rose up against Blair and New Labour’s rush to war in Iraq. Ming was effectively the leading politician of the day opposing the war from the Lib Dem benches and he even eclipsed our Leader at the time, Charles Kennedy who was too cautious in my view in his opposition to the war. This is part of what Ming says 10 years on:-

“Ten years ago this weekend, a million people marched through the streets of London in opposition to the Blair government’s seemingly unstoppable journey to war in Iraq. It is difficult now to imagine such emotional outpouring as there was in London that day. But such was the opposition to the Prime Minister and his clear determination to join with President Bush in military action against Saddam that people of all political parties and none, and from every economic and social background, came together in support of the maxim “not in my name”

Ming went on to say why Blair was so wrong and how the consequences of that illegal war have had such bad effects for the UK and elsewhere. And it solved little or nothing in Iraq.

Thanks Ming, for this timely reminder of those campaigning days just 10 short years ago. We may have lost the fight to stop the war but we are proud of your principled stand when other politicians simply stood behind Blair and nodded through the road to war and the subsequent deaths of many.

Shaking the hand of the man who gave Blair a lot of grief over the Iraq war

Shaking the hand of the man who gave Blair a lot of grief over the Iraq war

But this brought back another thought because Ming was of course subsequently hunted down and forced out of the Leadership of the Lib Dems by a press who labelled him to old to be a party leader. But how many in the right wing press were out for this skin because he led the fight against the Iraq war in Parliament? There can be little doubt that Ming was a thorn in the establishment’s side and that he had to pay for opposing the war.