Monday, December 31, 2007

A fantastic 2007; all the best for a great 2008!

A fantastic 2007; all the best for a great 2008!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nick Clegg: New Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Watch a short film on You Tube: Nick Clegg: New Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Weather and Xmas did not stop them voting.....

An overcast and dull day on Friday plus proximity to Christmas did not stop over 1000 people from voting Lib Dem and contributing to another election win for Chelmsford Liberal Democrats. However, despite all the leaflets and letters, it was just as well that we kept reminding people to vote. There were still quite a few people who said "Oh, is it today?".

Talking to many people in the ward in recent weeks, it is clear that the traffic problems in Old Moulsham are not going to be solved unless the Conservative council takes positive action to reduce the amount of traffic coming into the town. Their ideas are fixated on getting the traffic to move faster. In the long term, all that would ever do would be encourage more traffic - and make the local pollution worse.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Many expect 'community service' but few take part

It has struck me at least three times this week that many people seem to expect things to happen without thinking that they could be one of the people that makes those things happen. Last night I attended the 70th Anniversary dinner of Chelmsford Round Table. In common with Round Tables across the country they do a great deal for the community with the backing of very few. Amongst other things, Chelmsford residents expect a Round Table Fireworks display in November and a Santa sleigh during December - but if these ever stop it will be "someone else's fault". Rotary, Rotaract, 41 Club, Lions et al are in a similar position.

Similarly, I was out canvassing this week in the Moulsham & Central by-election and a resident said that he had not seen a politician on their doorstep in the five years they had lived there. For me, the answer to this is the same as the answer to "why are candidates and party activists older than average / not more like me etc." Namely, because more people 'like you' do not get involved in politics. With all parties losing members, I fear that this is going to be an increasingly common statement.

The third instance this week concerned those who I think are one of the greatest band of unsung heroes. Namely, school governors who effectively take on the (very responsible) role of Non Executive Directors of million pound organisations. Not only are they unpaid, they put considerable amounts of their own money into the organisation (through unclaimed expenses and also taking part in school life like fetes and fayres etc.) Just one small example: we had to get in a baby sitter this week so that I could go to a Lib Dem meeting while my wife was at a Governors' meeting.

As a Liberal Democrat I strongly believe in the importance of enabling people to take action in their communities rather than waiting for some arm of the state to step in. But when people do not even come forward for organisations like Round Table, which are great fun, is this too idealistic?

How should the verb go....?
I am a busy person; You should do more; They will do something about it......