I particularly agreed with this point:
Locally, we need to strengthen and expand the party’s excellent training and mentoring programmes so best practice is spread more widely.
It is amazing how, with years of incumbency, the campaigning instincts and skills of members get dulled.
We got a pounding here in West Berkshire (although we actually won back two seats, got David Rendel elected to the council and held control of the two town councils), so you would expect people like me to be at the forefront of blaming the leadership.
Not a bit of it. If we can win councils like Hull and Eastbourne, is it Ming's fault if we lose elsewhere? Incumbency, the Cameron effect, forgetting some of our campaigning methods and the Tories getting smart in theirs...these all have their impact.
Hywel Morgan put it brilliantly in a comment on LibDem voice:
If people point to the impact that Nick and Chris have made in their spokesperson roles then (a) it seems fairly minimal and (b) nowhere near that established by Ming in Foreign Affairs before he became leader.
The failings of the party since Ming became leader are firstly not that massive (the issue is learning the lessons from them for the future) but secondly would have arisen even if Charles had remained leader so to lay them at Mings door is missing the point.I have been greatly amused by Iain Dale sniffing around trying to either find unrealistic LibDem commenters to laugh at (I usually fall into that category) or finding people who, in his eyes, have "smelt the coffee" and are getting mutinous.
I am not in the Liberal Democrats solely to win. That will no doubt get quoted and laughed at, but it is not the primary point. Having just recovered from the bruises on my feet due to recent pavement pounding, I have slogged away since 1987 as a member, and since 1970 as a supporter, because I believe in Liberalism and in advocating and spreading it. Of course, winning is an objective but if it was the sole objective, then I would have drifted around from party to party dependent on the political tide at the time, in order to experience winning.
If anyone thinks I am going to be shifted off course by the arrival of that idiot David Cameron, they have another think coming.