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Post-conference reflections Sep 21

Now I’m home with my trusty laptop…

  • The more conferences I go to, the fewer formal sessions (debates, fringes, training) I seem to take part in
  • British Airways flights are great. Free food and drink and a video monitor showing you the plane’s route, altitude, speed, etc. I could get used to that, green tax switch permitting.
  • If you go to an organisation’s AGM, be prepared to leave as an executive committee member (in my case, of Liberal Democrats Online).
  • Conference is draining, physically, emotionally and, most of all, financially.
  • It’s also very long.
  • Wearing a John Hemming badge gets you noticed.
  • Not necessarily in a good way.
  • I am a geek:
  • Me and the fridge magnets
  • Therefore, I was immediately able to recognise the song which accompanied the second photo montage preceding Ming’s speech as the theme tune to [Star Trek:] Enterprise.
  • And was suitably appalled. I hope LibDemVoice identify the Cowley Street Trekkie responsible.
  • I met loads of marvellous people, more than normal, and mostly through blogging.
  • There is a real positive feeling in the party again.

More may follow as the memories return. Back to work tomorrow. And good luck to those in Oxford working on today’s council by-election!

6 Responses

  1. 1

    A new leader for the Lib-Dems, but when it comes to the facts regarding the long term care for the elderly in SCOTLAND – Ming tells the same old lie. Charles Kennedy deceived the English voters in his day and Ming has deceived the electorate again.
    We have two ‘Loonie Parties’ for the electorate to vote for and the most loonie is the Lib-Dems.

  2. Yes, you are a geek Will, unashamedly so – which is partly why I love your blog. Good to hear you enjoyed conference 🙂

    PS. Constructive thoughts John 😉

  3. 3

    Oh, they didn’t. That’s such a cheesy song!

  4. 4

    One day I will wear a Will Howells MP badge with pride

  5. Perhaps I should try one of those badges 🙂

  6. 6
    Ben J. 

    Ah… but did they use the season 1 version or the I-can’t-believe-they-actually-made-it-lamer season 2 remix (with the eviscerated rhythm section and minus the pseudo-guitar-solo that was the only redeeming feature)? Either way, it’s still a load of trite Bryan-Adams-wanabe crap.

    I feel I’m incriminating myself somewhat here.