“He who dares, wins!”

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

He dared...do we?

“And so this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over…a new one just begun.”

So, famously, sang John Lennon many years ago.

‘Happy Christmas: War is Over’ is an iconic festive song, but today I’d like to write about another iconic part of the Christmas experience and what the Lib Dems could learn from him.

No, not Jesus.

Derrick ‘Del Boy’ Trotter.

Let’s face it, no Christmas is complete without watching at least one episode of the brilliant BBC sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses,’ is it?

And, if possible, more than just one.

I’ll certainly be turning to comedy repeats channel .G.O.L.D. to remind myself of some of Del Boy’s pearls of wisdom.

“Rodney, what a plonker.” “Bonnet de duche,” etc.

But, perhaps, his most well-known and lasting catchphrase is:

“He who dares wins!”

I believe we Lib Dems could learn a lot from that.

We need to remember why we’re in politics in the first place-to be a radical, socially progressive party of Government.

We’re doing much that fits that bill, but we’re not getting the credit for it.

We need to be much more daring in how we promote ourselves, in the media, on the stump, and on the doorstep.

This is no time to be timid. We need to stand up straight, shoulders back, chest puffed out…proud to be Liberal Democrats.

So, I wish you all a Merry and peaceful Christmas with family and friends.

But, then, it’ll be time to take our positive, progressive message out on to the streets.

To ensure we’re not Rodney the ‘plonker’ but Del Boy, the one who dares and, eventually, wins.

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