Yesterday I posted a story asking why the LibDems have so few black and ethnic minority candidates. Today, Mark Valladeres has written a reposte on his Liberal Bureaucracy blog.
It's an interesting article, in part because it mirrors many of the debates that have gone on within the Conservative Party on this issue over the last four years. Clearly there has been a lot of talk on this subject within the LibDems, but I would still contend that there hasn't been enough positive action, although it seems this will happen after the election in readiness for the next one. Note that I use the phrase 'positive action' rather than 'positive discrimination'. The two are very different and I am delighted that the positive action initiatives implemented by the Conservative Party have now been seen to work very well, with quality candidates selected entirely on merit. I hope the same thing now happens with the LibDems.