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Preamble as poetry

You wouldn’t think a document like a hefty constitution would read like poetry, would you? But the Preamble to the Constitution of Liberal Democrats (quite a sonorous title in its own right!) makes a fair attempt – check it out below.

This comes out simply because I had cause to re-read while reviewing bits and pieces for the next Greater Reading Exec. It’s actually quite a hard in the original document, simply because the layout of the document is terrible (sorry, typesetters). The words themselves – good solid substance. So for analytical rather than artistic purposes, I was curious if it would help splitting out the different clauses on to separate lines. I quite like the result. It’s still quite long, but try reading it like that with your favourite orator in mind. Quite inspirational, really. Read more