Thursday, 23 June 2011
Is it me?
It probably is. And this isn't a finger wagging exercise having a go at any group in the party. I've just blogged how we don't do that. I'd genuinely like some feedback.
In all the commentary I've read about the excellent Social Liberal Forum, one thing I keep seeing was that the event was a marker demonstrating the strength of social liberals in the party versus 'The Orange Bookers'. Fair enough. But then I also have read several times that the support of two cabinet ministers at the event - Chris Huhne and Vince Cable - was a physical demonstration of that.
Yes, Chris and Vince are/were both contributing authors to The Orange Book?
So my question is: if writing the Orange Book doesn't make you part of 'that club' - then what does?
Let me reiterate. I'm not taking sides here. I would genuinely like to know. Have Chris and Vince renounced their writing? Yes I know Vince comes from Labour originally - he still contributed to the Orange Book. Am I missing a subtlety of internal Lib Dem politics?
Or more likely - has 'Orange Book' just become a handy but inaccurate/inappropriate descriptor of the right of the party?
Is it me who is confused? Or is the term a confusion in itself?
Posted by Richard Morris at 09:50