Interesting couple of articles that illustrate the challenge ahead in today’s politics following the 2015 General Election. A Threat for Labour that conversely has presented an opportunity for the Liberal Democrats.
Both articles explain how a party can fall far from grace in a short time. The Liberals in the Former and potentially Labour in the latter.
Despite the drubbing in the 2015 election the Liberal Democrats are on fire and rejuvenated. How is this possible?? To understand this you need to understand the context of British Politics today.
Society has changed beyond recognition over the last twenty years and the pace of change is faster and more dynamic than the ability of political parties to change.
The fragmentation of politics has become very pronounced where once it was a simple left and right. The big two parties of the modern era are but shadows of their former selves, leaving the ground open for other parties and for single issue campaign groups.
This isn’t just being felt by Politics. The Internet and technological changes are allowing people to interact in unimaginable ways just 10 years ago. The media faces some of the biggest challenges, more often than not having to reinvent themselves or die.
Household institutions across the board are being similarly tested. Many who stay true to what they were and carry on like they always have, have withered and died in the face of upstart competition that has adapted to today’s consumers.
The most effective and successful party in the modern arena will be the one best able to adapt and work with the natural flow and not stick to old habits that mean they are working across the public grain.
A century ago, the Liberals fragmented when they couldn’t adapt quick enough to the changes in society. Changes in society initiated by the industrial revolution and the Victorian era, fanned by the flames of the Great War and trouble in Ireland, through to the labour movement and votes for Women, were all unprecedented. Yet the Liberals changed little, failed to adapt and ultimately perished as a party of government.
Many commentators lampooned the Lib Dems immediately after the election, claiming that the Liberal Democrats had suffered a similar fate to their Liberal predecessors, destined for obscurity for a generation of more.
However, this overly simplistic narrative forgets that politics is driven by the society of the day, the effects of which can not be immediately felt or seen.
So quite perversely, some might say, the Liberal Democrats may now be in the best place to make changes and adapt their party the quickest to today’s society.
Britain at its core is a Liberal Country that has enshrined fairness and freedom in its values for generations. A recent poll by YouGov shows just how much the middle ground of politics has opened up for the Lib Dems. British values are generally Liberal values. Yet the electorate have for decades been presented by a simplistic choice of left and right when really most people are in the centre, in the same space that they believe the Lib Dems to exist.
Today’s society believes in a less over bearing state, individual freedom and choice, fairness and compassion, tolerance etc. These are all Liberal values.
Liberals believe in individual freedom, a less interfering or oppressive state, fairness for all – empowering everybody to be the best they can be, whilst ensuring this is applied to everybody… not just the many and most definitely not just a lucky few.
Liberalism needs reuniting. Liberalism needs reiterating and explaining.
The Lib Dems through their enforced rebirth now have a golden opportunity to win over hearts and minds of the British Electorate. No small task but recent by-election wins and the rapid surge in membership and shown the field is open for the Lib Dems to permanently break the mold of British Politics. Lib Dems across the country now have new hope. Hope that they must enshrine through the country.
Despite a drubbing at the General Election last May, the Lib Dems have seen a massive surge in membership, both nationally and locally. Between the Election and the close of registration to vote for the new Lib Dem Leader, there was over a 34% rise in membership – the vast majority of which had never been a Lib Dem before or been politically active. Over 18,000 have now joined the Lib Dems. Click here if you would like to join the Lib Dems and the #libdemfightback
Last week the Lib Dems elected their new Leader – Tim Farron MP – watch Tim’s first speech following his victory:
The Lib Dems are going from strength to strength at the moment. Despite only having 8 MP’s, they have already galvanised opposition blocked Conservative Legislation in the Commons and will use their strength in the Lords to do more of the same. Labour so far have been divided and weak. Since May the Lib Dems have had several by-election wins – gaining seats from the Conservatives and Labour (3 last week alone).
With renewed energy and hope the Lib Dems will be rebuilding at quite a pace.
As an experiment I have produced a 3d point cloud and mesh from a series of 2D photographs to compare with other survey methods I use at work to assess the relative accuracy of this method of modelling.
Using photogrametric principles software can now reconstruct/model 3D objects just by using overlapping photographs of the object. If the results bear up then this will produce quite a time saving on site for some projects at work.
The key is to make sure there are plenty of photos with sufficient overlap.
Below are screen grabs of the resulting model.
Last Friday I finally acquired a new house. The house is a 2 storey dorma-bungalow which hasn’t had much done to it since new. So it needs a full refurb. The plan is to get building regs approval and convert the existing attic room into usable space and add an extension using Structural Insulated Panels. The first job is stripping out the existing carpets and fixtures. Ad things progress I will post some more.
Direct Occasions are missing some fundamental SEO elements. So I have agreed to fix the missing elements on the existing ecommerce site, as well as providing a whole new front end / landing pages.
Just a quickie to wish all a very happy Christmas. Have a fabulous day.
Christmas is a time for joy and celebration but please spare a thought for all those people who are facing a hollow Christmas following bereavement, particularly those who are recently bereaved or who will be bereaved over the Christmas period.
You are never so alone as when you are in a crowd.
A smiley cheery face can hide a multitude of depression.
Often friends say: “If you need anything just ask.” However, great friends don’t wait to be asked they just do.
As a trustee of Bridgnorth Housing Trust I have been working with the Chairman of the Trustees and the Clerk to the Trustees on the Trust’s new website.
Bridgnorth Housing Trust is a charitable foundation dedicated to providing Alms and Almshouses to the needy people of Bridgnorth. The charity can trace its roots back to 1503.
As part of supporting the needy of Bridgnorth and to help meet existing demand for their properties they have submitted a planning application to build 29 new properties in Low Town.
For further information about the application and the charity please have a look at their website: Bridgnorth Housing Trust | Providing Almshouses since 1503
Alas my new theme is still brewing in part because I gave been busy. Busy chasing happiness. Busy on other projects. Busy with work. Busy as a new Trustee of Bridgnorth Housing Trust.
The substantial freelance laser scanning survey has been completed. A couple of other websites I manage have progressed and some exciting new websites are on the development cusp. Including a new wrinkle at Green Planning Solutions LLP for my day job.
Signs of improvement in the economy are there. Signs of improvement for me are also there. Both need to be capitalised on.
However, I do have to reflect on the las 5 years… these have been years of recession for the economy and for me on a very personal level. 5 years ago my dear wife died and in a couple of weeks it will be our 5th wedding anniversary – an anniversary we have never shared except in spirit. How my life has changed beyond recognition since those happy days leading up to our wedding and the 11 months that followed.
Life throws many curves and bumps on an otherwise straight and flat road. I have developed swerveability or as a friend recently said ABS to help negotiate the curves and bumps.
So as I go forward, ever forward, things continue to improve. Indeed if I spent all of my time looking backwards I would inevitably keep tripping over my own feet. However, I do allow myself to pull into a lay by once in a while and reflect on good times and happy memories. Take stock and look forward to the happy times to come.
In the meantime here are some images of the surveying project that has been keeping me very busy this month.