The other day the wonderful Jennie Rigg left a comment welcoming me to the Lib Dem "Awkward Squad". I found myself saying this in a Lib Dem facebook group, in response to a response to my response (confused yet?) to someone who was saying that we had nothing to apologise for over breaking our tuition fees promise, and thought I'd post is as proof of my membership of the awkward squad ;)
Forgive me for being principled and believing in integrity. And forgive me for believing the dozens of people, from the top of the party to the bottom, who told me and the country that we were a party of principle. A party that, to quote Clegg's words from just the other week "does what is right rather than what is easy".
People in this country have a very low opinion of politicians and that is poison to our civic democracy. If we care about our country and actually believe what we claim to believe in then we have a duty to try and convince people that democracy can work and that they have a say in how we are governed.
So, to be quite frank, when it comes to people who seem to think that being politically successful means giving up on integrity and wriggling out of promises and denying any responsibility for their actions then I see the exact same people who are undermining democracy in this country - and doing a great deal of damage to our party at the same time.
And I really don't give a shit if they think that me saying so is "overstepping the mark".
I believe that politics is about compromising on policy but never on principle. And I believe that if you can't show integrity or be honest with people then you simply shouldn't be in politics.
At the end of the day it's about whether you're prepared to have faith in people and believe that being straight with people is not only the right thing to do, but the effective thing to do.
I know that I'm a flawed person, and I don't expect anyone else to be any better. But forgive me if I don't see why I should tolerate and excuse those who betray their principles at the drop of a hat when I don't.