Friday, 15 March 2013

Yes Scotland set up "virtual stall" for Lib Dem conference

Would you believe it?

Yes Scotland have again been refused a stall at the Scottish Liberal Democrats' conference in Dundee.  You've really got to admire their determination to get in, given that many of our members don't seem sufficiently interested or motivated to go.

Unsurprisingly, they were refused permission.  You may recall that they requested to attend our Autumn conference last year and were denied, a decision with which some of us disagreed (and which had unforeseen and regrettable ramifications).

And so, not being put off by the conference committee's decision, Yes Scotland have established this virtual stall to give delegates the opportunity to "ask questions" and read some leaflets. And perhaps to make some political points to their own followers?

I'm not going to say very much this time around, other than that somehow I suspect our members will have other things to do this weekend rather than "downloading Declaration forms for collecting signatures [in support of Independence]".  And if it wasn't for the inconvenience of having to work today and on Sunday I would also be in Dundee, no doubt discussing some of the many important issues our party is getting to grips with at this moment (such as civil liberties and mental health) rather than worrying about what Yes Scotland are doing (or not, as the case may be).

Somehow, while I welcome a real, informed and sensible debate on independence, I imagine if Yes Scotland really want to reach out to Liberal Democrats there must be more effective vehicles than virtual stalls.

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