This is a lunchtime blogpost.
Last week, in the aftermath of what I consider to be more shameful, and utterly illiberal voting by Lib Dem peers on the Welfare Reform Bill, I wrote this blogpost about my determination to make sure that there was some sort of fightback against what I can only describe as a shameful and deeply worrying dismissal of the democratic will of the party by our parliamentarians.
Fortunately it turns out that there were plenty of others who felt the same way I did. The same evening I was contacted by Gareth Epps, key member of the Social Liberal Forum, member of the Federal Policy Committee and all-round good guy. He'd been contacting some other people and, over the past few days we've worked out a plan of action. On Friday about 45 of our parliamentary candidates from 2010 will send an open letter to Nick Clegg, also hopefully to be published in the Guardian, that will express their concern over the way our parliamentary party has acted on the Welfare Reform Bill.
And then, on Monday, I'm going to be off to the Houses of Parliament to attend a meeting between our parliamentarians and various people who don't agree with what's happening and who want to change our parliamentarians' minds.
It's not possible to undo what's been done so the main aim will be to try and make sure that the House of Commons doesn't undo the spirit of what has been done in the Lords and to make sure that the Welfare Reform Bill is made much fairer. That said, I will also be speaking and, depending on whether they're stonewalling or not, our parliamentarians might well risk getting an earful about what damage the things they've voted for will actually do to the vulnerable people we're meant to be in politics to protect. I'll try and avoid swearing though.
I'll report back on how the meeting went while travelling home on Monday - assuming security actually let me into the meeting in the first place of course ;)
But above all, I'm determined that we will either change some minds at the meeting or we will turn up the volume on our opposition to aspects of the Welfare Reform Bill and to parliamentarians ignoring the democratic principles on which this party was founded. And I doubt that that will give them good publicity at all... ;)