Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bloggers do fringe meetings better than pressure groups do....

.... maybe?

Further to the question of Labour standing in Northern Ireland (touched on here a few days ago), Mick from Slugger is organising a fringe meeting in Bournemouth

Aside from the fact that this is an important issue for anyone who supports a normalistion of politics in Northern Ireland, and a step away from sectarianism, this event also deserves the support of anyone going to Bournemouth because it's a blogosphere event. Fringe meetings have always been organised by pressure groups, and usually to push some agenda or other.

If all fringe meetings were hosted by conversational blogs like Slugger, party conferences would be worth going to again.

Unfortunately, I'll probably not be going as it's now too late to apply for a pass without having to spend hours and hours waiting for my application to be processed.

Anyway, here's the plug for Mick's event - in his own words:

“Every goal is an own goal..?”
Is there room for Labour in Northern Ireland?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Moon on the Square Pub, The Square, Bournemouth

A chance for Slugger readers, and/or Labour party delegates to meet up and chew the cud in a decent, musak free pub during the Conference.

We don’t plan to work off an agenda as such, but rather let it evolve out of the interests and passions of those who turn up.

However there are probably a few ideas I can throw in the pot to get things started:
  • With Bertie Ahern making overtures to Labour’s sister party in Northern Ireland the SDLP, is it time to organise and plan to fight elections?
  • In such changed circumstances, what opportunity is there for genuine growth in a regional Labour party?
  • And how will it manage potential conflicting interests with the Irish Labour Party?

Feel free to add your own ideas. And if you know of anyone else who would be interested, feel free to invite them to come along!!

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