Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Long Live Instability!

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 12th February, 2009

chinese-liberal-democrats     Rather like Christmas, Chinese New Year tends to go on for several weeks, but the Chinese Liberal Democrats’ (CLD) banquet to celebrate the Year of the Ox in the Top of the Town restaurant in London’s Chinatown this evening certainly crowned the festive period.  CLD, in partnership with Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats (EMLD), took the entire top floor of the venue and filled it. The food was superb and the proceedings were envigorated by a political debate, featuring speakers from Liberal Youth, in favour and against the motion that the Year of the Ox will see stability. I was pleased to see the motion heavily defeated, as I myself spoke from the floor arguing that the old Chinese curse ‘May you live in interesting times!’ should be turned on its head. Historically, China sought stability and harmony (that was the Communist regime’s excuse for crushing the Tiananmen democracy movement), but stability in Britain today would mean yet more years of hard New Labour, with all its illiberal policies and instincts. Instead, particularly in the run-up to June’s European elections, we need constructive instability in the UK: a challenge to the old Labour-Tory see-saw and a recognition and resurgence of liberal values, as enshrined in the LibDems.


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