Wednesday 14 March 2012
If - with Liberal apologies to Rudyard Kipling
If you want a free, fair and open society, one that gets a balance between the equality, liberty and community.
If you think that someone's poverty or ignorance should not keep them trapped. Nor that you don't need to conform to some hypothetical norm to get by?
If you believe that every individuals dignity, freedom and well-being is paramount. That they should have the right to develop the skills and talents that they have, with a freedom of conscience.
If you believe that power should be in the hands of the most local level it possibly can. To react to the needs of individuals to meet their needs as best as can be.
If you feel that diversity is something to be fostered, championed and celebrated, rather than something to fear and malign.
If you consider that creativity is something to be let fly, to grow, to flourish, rather than be trapped, tied down or discouraged.
If you believe that the state can manage to act as an enabler for all of the above, allowing people to contribute to the communities around them, not just to follow but to take part in decisions.
If you believe we have a we have a legacy of our planet and its resources, to be handed on to generations to come in as good a state, if not better able to cope than we inherited it?.
If you believe that we cannot be an island in all things, due to the interdependence of many issues that affect us. But instead that we can and should work with other nations to find solutions, and take an active role in doing so.
If you believe that the state should encourage those who can to create wealth, yet also know that there are those who the state needs to support.
Then you are a Lib Dem my friend. But if those that represent us forget any of these things you have to stand up, speak up and be heard to defend the beliefs at the core of what makes us who we are. Because that is Liberal too.
Footnote based on the Preamble to the Liberal Democrat Constitution
Sadly today we've lost Chris Ward because others have made it hard for him to follow the above. It comes following the resignation of James Graham, and on the same day as Daniel Furr. The next day Liz Williams also announced her resignation.