Exclusive: Liberal Democrat leadership moves to squash dissent….
Much has been made of the Liberal Democrat’s much-vaunted internal democracy. According to its proponents it is this and the fabled ‘triple lock’ that will scupper Nick Clegg’s attempts to railroad the Liberal Democrat’s into some kind of deal with the Conservatives. Numerous Liberal Democrat bloggers and activists have voiced their concerns to their credit as they try to save their party from a leadership hell-bent on acquiring power at any cost. However, the leadership is moving swiftly against dissent; party president Ros Scott has emailed members saying (my emphasis):
We are a democratic party (unlike the other two old parties) and our internal processes will always reflect that. At the same time, our process will not stand in the way of the need for decisive action in the interests of the whole country. I promise to keep you informed.
Scott ends her e-mail thus:
In order for us to maximise our chances of delivering our fairness agenda we now have to keep this discipline up, avoiding speculation as to what happens next.
In other words the clear message from the Liberal Democrat leadership to its members is ‘put up and shut up’. I really can’t say I am surprised.