I knew that I would live to regret asking people what they wanted me to post on for my 500th blog entry :/. For my 100th I posted on one of my all-time favourite detective series' Shoestring (and if any of you have never watched it, why not!),I should have been clever and mentioned Bergerac (made by the same people) for this entry. But no, I had to be clever didn't I! I had to ask people what they wanted.
Still I should be thankful, no one asked me to write up on anything particually nasty, so I am profoundly greatful for that.
The consenus was that I would write nice things about the Lib Dems. Well I have done that already, but a couple of people (Yes you Kerron and Neil) wanted me to be more specific. Namely to wax lyrical about Hannah Hedges non stop (honestly I hardly know her, the next event we are both at, my face will be bright beetroot red at the thought that I might have a reputation that has reached her ears and if she has a partner then I really am in trouble, but heigh ho!)
I have therefore decided on a compromise, which will be mentioning the Lib Dems I do sort of know and I will not shirk from mentioning any crosspartyamoreaphiliac tendencies as I go along.
Lib Dems I have known
Well a friend of my Dad's stood for Parliament as a Liberal Candidate in the 1970s. But he was asked by one of the CLibP members in a pub and he agreed and they sorted out his membership and he sort of drifted off them afterwards.
It was a while afterwards before I knowingly met any Lib Dem members and admittedly an early experience was coming across Hannah Hedges at a Christians in Politics Christmas event in 2003. Obviously I found very attractive and very pleasant, but I really ought to stress that I didn't see her as girlfriend material.
I also know that the manager of my local bookshop is a prominent Liberal Democrat. His a nice amiable enough chap, although I think the only time we discussed the Lib Dems was over the current leadership. It goes without saying I am guarded over what I say about the internal politics of the Labour Party.
Then there of course there is the delectable Louisa, towards whom I admit I have some very mild crosspartyamoreaphiliac tendencies, but then she is young, I hardly know her, and she is a Lib Dem. That said she is thoughtful about her views (even though I disagree with some of them), articulate, and not afraid to be unsure about things. My one major irritation with her is that (aside from the fact she is in the wrong party ;) )she doesn't update her blog enough. But then she is a hard working undergraduate and I am an average worker.
Then there is the average vaguely recognisable face and vaguely known local concillors at election counts.
But that said, I am fairly amiable and am happy to make friends with a variety of people so long as common sense is used in some areas.
Now that was relatively painless!