2005 in a nutshell

  • January
    Robert Kilroy-Silk quits UKIP because they won’t let him play with the big toys, err become leader

  • February
    Robert Kilroy-Silk decides if he starts his own party, they’ll have to let him be leader – so he starts ‘Veritas’

  • March
    My abiding memory is of Jamie Oliver sitting down with Charles Clarke to the disgusting processed junk that our kids eat (and seem to like)

  • April
    I missed April – it disappeared in a blur of delivering leaflets, door-knocking and the general insanity of a general election

  • May
    Reg Keys speech at the Sedgefield count, and the look on Blair’s face

  • June
    Life can never be the same – no more Richard Whitely!

  • July
    The best and worst that mankind can do in the space of a week. I hope that the man who tried to change the world with guitars will be remembered for far longer than the men who tried to change it by committing murder against innocent commuters
    Oh yes, and the perma-tanned one quits again (it’s my party and I’ll quit if want to – so there)

  • August
    I mourn the loss of two deeply principled and deeply honourable Labour politicians. They could do with a few more like Robin Cook and Mo Mowlam

  • September
    Lib Dem conference back Charles Kennedy wholeheartedly. Some in our party still haven’t got the message. Meanwhile Labour stamp on free speech, ejecting an octogenarian for shouting ‘rubbish’

  • October
    Once again, the Tories reject Ken Clarke. The other parties heave a collective sigh of relief

  • November
    A great month for democracy, as Blair is defeated on 90 days detention without trial

  • December
    Tories prove imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, electing a Blair clone as leader who starts talking about ‘New Conservatives’ and claiming to be liberal.

Meanwhile having swapped jobs, my new office in Hemel Hempstead falls victim to the Buncefield explosion – only the miracle of it taking place on a Sunday morning prevented a human tragedy. A full investigation into safety at UK oil facilities must be launched early in the new year

Square pegs and round holes

Of course I’m referring to David Cameron’s incredible pitch for Lib Dems to join the Tory Party because (cough) “we’re liberals now”.

It absolutely beggars belief. Either:

  1. David Cameron will say anything to gain support. He doesn’t mean it, of course, but by the time he gets elected it will be too late.
  2. David Cameron really has seen the light and want’s to move his party in a more liberal direction.

If 1. it will take your average Liberal about a nanosecond to see through it. Wasn’t it only six months ago the hoardings carried those nasty posters about immigration?

If 2. all the nasty, xenophobic, eurosceptic, Monday Club, right wing Tories will have to leave and start their own party.

Either way, Lib Dems and Tories have never belonged in the same party since those parties were first conceived. It’s going to make more than smooth talking from smarmy David to make them fit together now.

Renewable energy

My thanks to Kat for drawing my attention to Chernobyl: 20 Years, 20 Lives – a timely reminder that the ultimate price of nuclear is so often paid by innocents.The thing that is incomprehensible to me is why anyone still thinks we need nuclear power. In the 21st century, we have the ability to meet all our energy needs from a combination of investment in renewable energy sources and cutting our energy waste.

Readers who want to do something positive might like to look at Juice – a joint project between Greenpeace and npower which allows you to buy your electricity from the offshore wind farm at North Hoyle (and it doesn’t cost any more).