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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After Cleggism 3: what did that result mean?

In Liberal Democrat circles, the 2015 general election will come to be remembered as the time when the right of the Liberal Democrats aped the old Labour left, and demonstrated their preference for futile ideological purity over the pragmatic task of winning elections. Seth Thévoz’ article gives the stark figures, and explains that they “…rather […]

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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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