Thursday, 14 August 2008

My Best Bits for self-indulgent narcissism

The bloggosphere’s favourite Dr. Who fan, Alex Wilcox, has come up with an interesting idea, which is that each of us “read back through the last year on your own blog and pick out your favourite pieces you’ve written” so that these can then be considered by the judges of the Best Blog Posting category of the Lib Dem Blog Awards.

Of course, I doubt that any of my posts have a chance of winning. Even if there was a prize for the longest posting, Alex would have it sown up (this and every year). But it does allow one to take a trip down intellectual-memory lane, and indulge in a degree of narcissism indulgent by even blogging standards.

It also surprises one (well, me anyway) how long ago the last Autumn Conference was. To think that ten months ago there was a leadership contest in full flood.

A good place to start, perhaps? It certainly highlights one problem, which is that rather than a sole posting I have a series of themes. I wrote six articles on the leadership contest, of which my favourite highlighted the depressing lack of a real debate in the contest.

I also wrote two contiguous articles on how choice in education is a vital tool in providing a decent education for young people, part of a long-running theme that dates from before September 2007.

And then there were three one-off articles about significant current issues, namely our party’s illiberal and knee-jerk opposition to GM crops, a better and more liberal approach to road transport that may have especial relevance with our new transport policy paper up for discussion, and a critique of politicians self-serving approach to state funding of political parties.

I expect nothing less than ten prizes, each of which will be paid in cash to the Swiss bank account of my choice.

Or failing that, a free glass of wine while I watch Alix pick up a prize.

1 comment:

dreamingspire said...

From the conference transport paper 'Fast Track Britain' 2.0.3: "...encourage civil servants to think about the broader impacts of their individual decisions". Is there also a policy paper about the way to make that happen? Not just encourage: make it happen, and then make that thinking deliver quality decisions and programmes.