The latest edition of Liberator magazine (issue no.356 – November 2012) has just landed on subscribers’ doormats.
Not only that, but Liberator now has a blog, to help readers get their Liberator fix between issues.
Here’s a summary of the new magazine’s contents:
- The editorial column Commentary urges disillusioned Liberal Democrats to stay in the party and fight.
- The insider gossip column Radical Bulletin begins with a look behind the ministerial reshuffle.
- ‘The Borrowers’ – Jonathan Hunt (a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate) says Liberal Democrats must accept the deficit and borrow to invest in growth.
- ‘Back to the future’ – Tony Greaves (a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords) observes that Nick Clegg claims his party’s past is gone, but that ironically he’s taking it backwards in so many ways.
- ‘In Room 101 with Clegg’ – Bill le Breton (former chair and president of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors) went to Room 101, Conference Centre, Brighton, Oceana to be told that his experience of more than thirty years of Liberal activism and political success must all have been a dream.
- ‘Stepping down the nuclear ladder’ – Nick Harvey (armed forces minister 2010-12 and Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon) says that the Liberal Democrats have the chance to build a broad church against full Trident renewal, on both military and financial grounds.
- ‘Kicking the defenceless’ – Suzanne Fletcher (a Liberal Democrat councillor for nearly 30 year, who has worked as a voluntary advice worker with Citizens Advice for 37 years) wonders what the Liberal Democrats have come to when she hears Lord McNally’s excuses for withdrawing legal aid from vulnerable people.
- ‘Playing with words’ – Matthew Huntbach (a former Liberal Democrat councillor in Lewisham) warns that former Clegg adviser Richard Reeves has co-opted the term ‘liberal’ to deeply conservative ends.
- ‘Deceived again’ – Michael Meadowcroft (Liberal MP for Leeds West, 1983-87) reviews David Blunkett’s new pamphlet (‘In Defence of Politics Revisited’) and concludes he is no advocate for the high calling of politics.
- ‘Now you see him’ – Beneath Boris Johnson’s self-promoting exterior lies, well, nothing much. Caroline Pidgeon (leader of the Liberal Democrat group in the London Assembly) wonders why the media have yet to see through his apparent popularity.
- Book reviews.
- Lord Bonkers’ Diary – Lord Bonkers (Liberal MP for Rutland South West 1906-10) recounts another eventful week, including a visit to Bonkers Hall by David Heath.
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