Sunday, January 13, 2008

Liberal Youth: Blog first, think later

The brilliant post here, by the brilliant blogger Dizzy is slightly annoying.

I knew about the re-branding of the LDYS into the Liberal Youth some weeks ago and also of the plans by new Leader Nick Clegg to kidnapp the launch for his own spin purposes. This has been frustrating a lot of the leading lights of the LDYS and even Clegg backers arefuming about his decision.

The name - which you have to admit does rather bring to mind the Hitler Youth, even only in title rather than operation - isn't the only problem for the youthful LibDem chief. Apparently he is preparing the hijack the movement as a vehicle for his own brand of Liberalism, leaving a lot of the more social democratic-minded members high and dry. It's certainly causing a fuss at grassroots level.

So, Dizzy beat me to it - how? I didn't blog it because it fell under the "will anyone care" category in my brain. Clearly they do - both the gleefull bloggers having fun with it and the "shock and horror" reaction by the faithful LibDems.

3 comments:

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

The name - which you have to admit does rather bring to mind the Hitler Youth

True story: in 1938 a meeting of top Liberals proposed giving their activists the title "Liberal Storm Troops"!

Anonymous said...

Apparently he is preparing the hijack the movement as a vehicle for his own brand of Liberalism, leaving a lot of the more social democratic-minded members high and dry.

Hah, this game of Chinese whispers that Labour and Tory bloggers are playing is really quite hilarious. Keep going, it's entertaining.

Comrade said...

A young earnest liberal - I can think of nothing more tedious