The first is from the Scottish Lib Dems, who have invited me to "a Members’ Forum ... at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow. This special event will be open to all members and gives everybody the opportunity to have their say on the referendum campaign, its outcome and the future. Similar events held after elections in the past have had big attendances and have had a real impact on the direction of the party. The Forum will be chaired by Scottish party leader Willie Rennie and will include contributions from Sir Menzies Campbell, Michael Moore and Alistair Carmichael, who will be able to update members on events at a UK level."
The price for this? £20 (a modest £10 for concessions).
I'd also suggest it is a trifle insulting to the many who have campaigned tirelessly and passionately for over two years. The party needs to conduct an open and democratic conversation, one that is involving and engaging, rather than what is essentially a closed-door fringe event with knobs on. Those people need to be heard, their views, observations and hopes should be taken into consideration - but this is hardly the forum in which open and meaningful dialogue can take place.
No doubt Menzies Campbell, Michael Moore and Alistair Carmichael will be worth listening to, but as an exercise in engagement this is sadly lacking. It is little wonder that the SNP membership has overtaken ours this week - they offer the many activists who have been involved with Yes Scotland, many of whom have been inspired and energised by the previous two years, a new outlet for their political expression, inviting them to share in a new conversation to move Scotland forward; we, on the other hand, hold ticketed member-only events with party grandees.
I won't be going. It's not just the question of the £20 admission charge I struggle with, but the very thinking at the heart of it.
Some have asked me why I take to blogging and social media to make my political points. I think I'll let this e-mail answer that question for me...