Be Excellent To Each Other
Many Lib Dems up and down the country are feeling crushed today. Many have lost their jobs, or know people who have. We knew this election would be hard, but the results for us are worse than the worst expectations. There are now only 8 Liberal Democrat MPs in the House of Commons.
This result is less than 24 hours old. It is a big thing to process. Professional journalists get paid to form opinions quickly, not necessarily correctly. Anybody who is claiming to have a simple reason for this result is either getting paid, stupid, pushing a particular agenda, or some combination of the above.
Liberalism is not a dogma which dictates right and wrong; it is a philosophy by which right and wrong can be identified. It will take us time to contemplate, discuss and reach consensus on the right way to move forward from this. In the immediate term, the best thing we can do is look after ourselves, and each other.
It’s important to satisfy the basic needs of your human body. Some people haven’t slept since the results were announced. Before we can even think straight about things, we need to sleep, eat, and recharge.
I’ve spent some time today reaching out to Lib Dems both local and further afield. I’ve heard a suggestion that we should have a Special Conference anyway just for group hugs. We are not alone, and while our Parliamentary representation is diminished, our membership is not, and neither is our passion and commitment to Liberalism. Reach out to each other, go for a coffee or a pint, do something fun.
As those great Liberal philosophers, Bill S Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan said: Be excellent to each other.