Richard wrote in reply to Graham Wood:
No ... First of all, it is a downstream issue, a symptom of a larger problem. I am sick to the hind teeth of battling small causes. We have to go for the jugular. We really do not have time for the incremental approach.
Second, I am not going to attempt to marshal blogs ... herding cats would be a lot easier.
Third, I have no time for the consensus approach, refining the message in an attempt to attract the maximum of support. The message is the message ... we are the people and the power belongs to us. We want it back. You are either with us, or you are not.
Four. If you are not with us, get out of the way ... we're coming through.
Richard in response I would say you have made an uncharacteristically knee-jerk reaction - I presume borne out of frustration with the current situation.
1. The EAW is anything but a "downstream" issue as you put it. On the contrary as you well know it centers on our fundamental liberty of freedom from arrest and imprisionment by arbitrary government - leave alone by the totalitarian EU 'government'. Certainly no minor issue therefore, and arguably as important, if not more so, than a campaign to restore control of the purse strings (which I happen to agree with as a political priority)
2. Nobody is suggesting that you personally should engage in the "herding cats" exercise! But, at some point, and the sooner the real fight will begin, there will have to be co-operation, co-ordination, and a willingness to submerge separate agendas on the part of the Bloggers you admire and support to form common cause. If not, then it must be patently clear the present impasse will continue.
"I have no time for the consensus approach."
I reply, thats a great pity because it most certainly will be needed at some point if the Blogosphere is to be anything other than a hot air safety valve for malcontents in the political wilderness. One must ask: what is the point of separate organisations, each with its own constituencies, agendas, political voice, web sites & etc which in fact are actually broadly united to get us out of the EU?
I can hear many of these calling out Richard "come and join US"
BOO. Referendum Pledge. Bruges. CIB. Democracy Movement. and numerous other anti EU campaigns which could be mentioned. All of these articulate what you and I believe - but not at Westminster where the power lies!
4. [b]If you are not with us, get out of the way
Like others I would not be posting here and on a couple of other similar blogs unless I was not very much "with you". We are all trying to think through potential practical routes for Referism to take shape and go. Nuff said!