So, we know the dates. Two debates will take place between Nick Clegg, in the yellow #partyofIN corner and Nigel Farage in the purple #partyofOUT corner.
The first will take place on Wednesday 26th March at 7pm in front of a studio audience at LBC. This is an auspicious date in our party’s history, the anniversary of the formation of the SDP in 1981. It’s also my nephew Ru’s and The Child’s friend Kirstin’s 15th birthday, which is much more important.
The second debate takes place exactly a week later, hosted by David Dimbleby on BBC2.
Both are an hour long and will be about Britain’s membership of the EU. Nick will want to argue that the EU keeps us secure, prosperous and safe.
Obviously Liberal Democrats will want to be backing #TeamNick. The first thing I thought we should do is hold some parties. Why not? Any excuse as far as I’m concerned. Invite a few friends round – not just the usual political suspects, but people who are interested in the sorts of values we have who aren’t involved in politics, feed them a supply of European fare and see what happens. Just go with the flow. I’m not going to be as prescriptive as David Miliband’s team were in 2010 when the exhorted their faithful to organise house parties. They even told you how to greet people at the door, for goodness’ sake.
The possibilities are endless for a good night. If you’re so inclined, you could combine it with a Eurovision preview. You could have Debate Bingo. I’m sure you can think of plenty other amusements.
Word reaches my ears that the Welsh party are already getting their events organised, with 5 on the go in Mark Williams’ Ceredigion constituency alone. Knowing that lot, it’ll end in frolics and sore heads the next day.
I feel that I have to share with you the oat bizarre comment I’ve heard all day. It comes from the heart of social media with name not revealed to protect the guilty:
I will wear my Danny Alexander mask and drink milk.
We are liberals, I suppose.
So, what do you think of the idea? Will you be having a #TeamNick party, and what will make yours unique?