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Sunday, November 21, 2004


Below are 2 motions I put forward for debate at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference. The Enterprise motion was originally put forward by me last summer. After it was rejected in the spring I made an unholy nuisance of myself & got an email from Jim Wallace's office confirming that he personally regretted it had not been called. After re-drafting with a member of the Conference Ctte (the Housebuilding motion was prepared at the same time) it was called for debate at the autumn conference. Unfortunately it was dropped - 4 out of 5 motions debated came from the Policy Ctte. In these 16 months our economy has grown 2.5% & Ireland's 9%.

Last Monday it was decided that, despite both motions having been previously ok, the constituency would not allow them again. The reason given for quashing Enterprise was that the leadership didn't want it discussed & would not accept it anyway. The leader of the ctte has said she knows absolutely nothing about such an intent.

I can understand anybody who thinks I am being a bit of a prima donna, after all I want to discuss a billion pound tax cut. However I believe in both proposals & have had no serious economic arguments from opponents.

In the circumstances, while remaining a traditional liberal, with great regret I find that if I cannot be part of the solution I should, at least, cease to be part of the problem.

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