One of the things that frustrates me is that, whenever I say anything about the Welfare Reform Bill in the Lib Dems, I run smack bang into people who, for whatever reason, think I'm being disloyal, or that I'm exaggerating or that I don't know what I'm talking about.
And the problem is that I've explained the issue so many times now that I get tired and snappy whenever I'm confronted with someone, out of ignorance, expressing an opinion that everything is fine with the result that I lose my temper. And that's really not good for trying to persuade people. And I know it isn't which is why it's even more frustrating when it happens.
So, to save both myself and others the unpleasantness of me yelling at them online, here is a collection of links to things I've already written about the Welfare Reform Bill. There's a lot of writing here so apologies to anyone who tries to read it all but, when 750,000 vulnerable people are going to be affected by this, I'm afraid that this volume of material is necessary to explain it all. However, for those in the hurry, just read the first three please as those are the most comprehensive and important.
What Lib Dem MPs did yesterday
Concise disability benefits fact sheet
Opinion: What's happened to democracy in the Liberal Democrats?
Feeling angry with Jenny Willott again
Opinion: Welfare reform – LibDems must stand up for the vulnerable
Opinion: Why you must lobby parliament over the Welfare Reform Bill
Opinion: Our Parliamentarians must fight for our benefits policies
Response to Jenny Willott on the Welfare Reform Bill