After Cleggism 2: Policy and Identity 

I have blogged before about the dangers to the Liberal Democrats of a loss of political identity. Donnachadh McCarthy challenged my first piece on the grounds that it didn’t mention policy. This one’s for you. The problem with Cleggism was that not only did it fail to develop a clear identity, preferring tactics that didn’t […]

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After Cleggism 1: Picking Up The Pieces

After a period of being too busy to blog and after the disastrous results of the election, I thought it was time to digest what the future holds for the Liberal Democrats after Cleggism. I wanted to start in prosaic fashion by looking at what’s left of the party, before looking at different aspects of […]

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The rebuilding starts now….

The rebuilding starts now. Reports of a high turnout make tonight even less predictable, but in the seats the Lib Dems fought seriously to win (sadly not, this time, Keighley…) the response has been very positive.  Positive enough?  Time will tell. In Scotland, this analysis http://gu.com/p/486c2 by Irvine Welsh manages to nail the decline of Scottish Labour (and by […]

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Fair Deal for your Local? La Reine le veult!

So…. at long last, we have it.  The Fair Deal for your Local campaign has success as the Small Business Act became law on Thursday.  The pub trade has a positive future to match the wonderful amount of enterprise in Britain’s microbrewing sector.  The simple fact is that because publicans in tied pubs will now […]

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“Economic Liberals” fail numeracy test! 

Relations between Nick Clegg and his fan club of economic liberals appear to have broken down, according to a peculiar article in the Guardian.  It quotes the tiny Liberal Reform group, hitherto notable for their support for the leader being shriller the less popular the leader gets, as saying the party’s spending plans don’t add up […]

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