So the Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said that, “Liberal Democrat Conference is a Hippy Commune”. So when was he last at a hippy commune?

I have to say it must be one of the most expensive hippy communes going, hotel prices are steep, maybe we should set up a yurt village in the Bullring in a few weeks. Hotel bar tabs are nowhere were as hippyesque as homemade alcoholic Dandelion and Burdock, or oak leave wines. Looking around at conference there are some mightily impressively dressed hippies around these days in the opinion of the Home Secretary. Of course there are some Lib Dem members who could still slip out of the conference centre straight into a squat and nobody would notice, but they are the minority.

Maybe the only thing that a Lib Dem conference really has in common with a commune is the collective decision making process. Unlike the staged party pieces that Labour and the Conservatives offer the Lib Dems will actually decide policy and the direction of the party at conference. So if that is what links us to a hippy commune rather than our dress sense, lack of drugs, exorbitant bar bills, or lack of yurts to sleep in.

Well if Labour can’t get democracy today, the day after they failed to spot the irony over them not getting fairness, I just think that speaks volumes.

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