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Radical Bulletin 349 – November 2011
09 November 2011 (11:45:19)

IT COULD BE YOU!

Those seeking a successor to Chris Fox as Liberal Democrat chief executive are not leaving anything to chance. They are trying to headhunt party members who are of some standing and have held senior management posts.

Unfortunately, the response given by many of those thus identified involved bargepoles, since, whatever the official job description says, the postholder is likely to be held responsible for the result of the next general election.

Fox announced in the summer that he would be going, soon after the forcible departure of most of the campaigns department (Liberator 348).

One source told Liberator that a factor in Fox’s decision was the row over the reorganisation of campaigns, which saw part of the work farmed out to ill-prepared and ill-financed regional parties, to the considerable anger of MPs who rely on these staff.

These staff had previously been paid by both the English regions and the Federal party but, when the latter pulled out, it left the regions to make up the missing £150,000 as best they could.

Aggrieved regions were ready at conference to vote to change the levy paid to the Federal party from membership subscriptions by an equivalent amount. A concession therefore had to be made, and the regions were promised that funding would continue somehow after all.

Anyone who fancies dealing with this kind of imbroglio is directed to the job application pack for the chief executive post.

This document is much as one would expect, apart from a silly reference to “building world-class policy, communications, campaigns and marketing teams”. ‘World class’ is now so casually used as to mean nothing.

It shows eight directors and service heads directly reporting to the chief executive, though this does not identify a mysterious personage said to be styled the ‘director of human resources’, who is reported to have appeared at headquarters just when there are fewer humans than ever to direct.

The party offers ‘a competitive package’. It will have to. Since the merger, only Graham Elson (1989-97) and Chris Rennard (2003-09) have managed more than five years in the job, and it is not much less than that until a general election.

Also in Radical Bulletin 349:

  • ALL OF ONE MIND
  • PLODDING THROUGH
  • LOSING THE BLUES
  • SICK LIST
  • GOT THE MESSAGE?

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