You may recall that a couple of weeks ago (May 8th) we posted an article examining the disastrous YES campaign. We were inundated with readers, and even we grizzly old souls at LV were quite taken aback by the level of support we received from all quarters of the party (and the wider YES campaign) both publicly and privately. We had certainly hit a nerve and there was (and still is) a lot of anger out there about the whole sorry venture.
So when Simon Mcgrath called for an independent inquiry into the whole debacle, I silenced the cynic in me that said any investigation, if it did happen, would be done by “the usual suspects” who are themselves mates of those responsible for the campaign and would be conducted behind closed doors ……….and allowed the optimistic (some might say naive) Angela to believe that Tim Farron was a different kind of President and that under his leadership we would see some real action.
I duly sent an email to Party President Tim Farron stating the reasons why I believed a public, independent inquiry into the YES to AV campaign was necessary.
Imagine my dismay to receive this reply from Tim:
Thank you very much for emailing me.
I can confirm that there is currently an internal investigation going on – but as I’m sure you’ll understand, I can’t give out any more details than that.
Funnily enough, I don’t understand why no details can be given out.
At the very least, right now, some basic information regarding the inquiry should be in the public domain : WHO is conducting the investigation? WHAT is their remit? and WHEN are they due to report? Why this information cannot be given out is totally beyond me.
It is conceivable that the eventual findings are so embarrassing, the levels of incompetence so appalling, the errors made so huge, that Tim may decide that he can’t possibly put the full unexpurgated review into the public domain. But to be very clear - the very least we expect is to be told what ACTION the review has recommended (and presumably will be taken by the party).
If the entire inquiry is to be shrouded in secrecy as currently seems to be the case, I am afraid we can probably expect little more than a very long silence, followed, if pushed, by a short note stating that it wasn’t really any one’s fault and a promise to try better next time. That is simply not good enough.
I have today written to Tim ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) asking him to reconsider his position on this matter.
Hat tip: Check out Simon McGraths brillliant “WHY WE LOST AV” website here.