Sunday, September 19, 2004
The Orange Book is, of course, the one that is causing all the controversy. It is the book in which some of our MPs have floated ideas already rejected by the Party in an attempt to stimulate debate. The "young turks" as Menzies Campbell described them, dominate this book although there are some mainstream contributions as well. Menzies Campbell also made the pointed remark that these MPs need to learn that policy is made at Conference not through publishing books. Anyway I bought myself a copy to see what all the fuss was about. Sales were in fact brisk, presumably for the same reason. Nothing like a controversy to sell a book. I also bought a book by Party stalwart Donnachadh McCarthy called "Saving the Planet without costing the Earth". This is one book I can heartily recommend especially if you wish to live what you preach in terms of green living.