Still Lessons To Learn during Tim’s Honeymoon 

By and large, the media has been pretty kind to the Liberal Democrats since Tim Farron’s election as leader.  By contrast to Labour – often directly – the party is felt to have got back together with new and rejoined members, focused on the long road ahead. But hang on a minute.  Not wasting a […]

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National Straw Day……

Today is the new April 1. It must be.   I was about to write something praising Tim Farron’s first Commons contribution as Lib Dem leader, but that can wait…. How else do you reconcile the following two items of news? 1) The setting up of a commission to water down or scrap Freedom of […]

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Freedom: it starts here

I have never voted for the winning candidate in a Liberal Democrat leadership election before.  It is quite an odd feeling.  I have been told by more than one person this evening that I have now joined ‘the establishment’ – whatever that is.  No chance! Tim Farron’s first speech as leader of the Liberal Democrats left no […]

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Osborne, smoke, the Living Wage and mirrors

Wednesday’s Budget was a typical piece of cynical, regressive politics by George Osborne – and with Labour mired in introspection, it has been far too easy for him to get away with it. Too easy, indeed, because in part the Lib Dems have failed to mark out a clear alternative to the politics of welfare […]

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Why Tim Farron has to be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats

In what has to date been a lacklustre contest to be the next Liberal Democrat leader, in which a number of hard questions may yet need to be asked and answered, I am nonetheless voting for Tim Farron to take the party forwards once again and give the Liberal Democrats a fresh start. My reasoning […]

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