Further to my last post, FCC have thankfully reversed their decision to oppose suspension of standing orders in view of the reaction. BUT, in what those of a suspicious nature might see as yet another attempt to stack the deck, while everyone else might see it as an attempt to respond to an unusual level of interest, they have not gone back to the original deal.
The original plan (as understood by those who agreed to it) was that Julian Huppert would speak in favour of suspension, no-one would speak against, and Andrew Wiseman would sum up saying that FCC as a whole were neutral but he was personally in favour of suspension.
Now, on the other hand, the plan is to have several speakers at the debate. (This paragraph edited after some discussion of what the rules are).
Get there early — the earlier you get there, the less work you’ll cause for the moderator of what will be a very difficult debate. While I think this is absolutely necessary for the party, we should be very mindful of the voluntary nature of the people who are having to deal with this upheaval, and create no more work for them than necessary.
Please note, as well, that this is the situation *as of now* — 6:50PM on Friday. Whether that is the situation at 9AM on Saturday, we shall have to wait and see. I wish I could be there.
(Prometheans post will be up in an hour or so)