From the Lib Dem conference…

Or to be more precise Old Harry’s Bar in the Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth. Compared to the Tories and Labour this is small. The bulk of the conferencites appear to be here, whereas with Labour and the Tories, it spreads right across town… with limos coming and going from the Royal Bath Hotel when the ‘Blue’ team is playing at home… Impressed with the age profile of delegates, and the subject of overheard conversations has tended to be about policy and life and death struggles with rival parties like the SNP… I’ll let you know how we do when the ceremony begins…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • slug

    Is there to be a policy discussion on NI? Will Allinace delegates be there, to cement their relationship?

  • We do get quite a few of our Alliance friends over, usually David Ford pays us a visit.

    Anyway, you won best non Lib Dem political blog, but some of us have known that for years (and I voted for you)

  • Pete Baker

    I hope you had a speech ready, Mick!

    Blog of the Year Awards 2009: The Winners

  • Mick Fealty

    Couldn’t find the buggers! Spent two hours down their looking for them and checking my mail by the front bar.

    Looks like they all shipped out to somewhere quieter. Not being ‘in the club’ so to speak, I was out of the loop. Bad comedy.

    And I had such a good line lined up too. Anyway, I enjoyed this, the best blog entry:

    PS, thanks Duncan!!

  • Drumlins Rock

    Mick, your point that the conference is smaller than the other two raises the whole issue of party size and structures, how much is it needed to achieve long term political power and not just short term election gains, it can be argued that the DUP & SF have gained as much from their on the ground strengths as policy or personalities, whereas the UUP put of moderisation for far too long, the tories have taken quite a while to restructure, but look set to reap the benefits, Labour is just starting its navel gazing period, if they handle it right they could be back in one term, but a bitter fight for its soul is more likely.
    So back to the Lib Dems, maybe it is time they look back and see their heritage in the Liberal Whigs of the past, that they were a party of government and also build up a true modern party of goverment, not just of protest.

  • Pete whitcroft

    Alliance is run by the NI lib dems.