The LDV Friday meme: Seven reasons I joined the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on May 8, 2009

Welcome to the first of what we intend to be the first in a series of LDV Friday memes to amuse you at the end of the week, and for Lib Dem bloggers (should they so choose) to pick up and run with over the weekend.

I’m starting with a simple one: the top seven reasons I joined the Lib Dems:

  1. I was a Labour party member for five years (1994-99). Then I realised Labour was interested only in being in power, not in giving power away.
  2. I would far rather be in a party whose ‘extreme wings’ are – supposedly – represented by Simon Hughes and David Laws than in a Tory party with Bill Cash or a Labour party with Diane Abbott.
  3. I’m a liberal – who else would I join?
  4. When I’m in a room full of Lib Dems, no matter how much I disagree with any one of them I know I agree more with all of them.
  5. Because I don’t like hierarchies. The Lib Dems are the most contrarian, sceptically rational political grouping I know. The leadership may hate it from time to time but it makes us what we are.
  6. I wanted to be part of a party whose activists are in it out of political belief not personal ambition.
  7. I think politics is about championing underdogs (not least ‘cos we know how it feels).

Who to tag with this meme? Well, obviously all Lib Dem bloggers should feel free to give it a whirl. But I’m going to particularly tag those who were featured in the most recent Golden Dozen: Charlotte Gore, Steve Middleton, Wycombe Lib Dems, Fraser Macpherson, Sandy Walkington, Mark Valladares, Caron Lindsay, Alix Mortimer, Colin Ross, James Graham, ‘Costigan Quist’, and Jennie Rigg.

Suggestions for future LDV meme topics gratefully received…