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)
I’m a newbie to party politics altogether. This seems daft to me. Why would the FCC not want to debate the most important issue in Britain today? It was Nick Clegg who commented that it was the elephant in the room during the GE17 election campaign. So again in Lib Dem conference, the elephant is still in the room. While the Lib Dems should want to do what is right, and not necessarily what is popular, are they aware that disenchanted Remainers want to set up a new pro-EU centrist party, even though logic would have them simply join the one already there for them? Although Britain might end up with a second referendum through some compromise deal, it doesn’t make much sense as a policy. Like the last one, it relies on assuming the certainty that Remain will win. The Spiel about Soft or Hard Brexit is balderdash. Soft Brexit is essentially Remain but without a seat in the EU, and without a say.