That level of deep commitment which Farron obviously has, combined with his organisational skills and northern public persona, has all the ingredients of a successful leadership. I speak as one who sat in a gloomy Commons party of six after the 1970 election debacle, three of us clinging to majorities under 1000. It took time, but we turned that round, and went on both to increase our numbers and form the significant Alliance with the SDP and eventually the new united party, which at elections under Paddy Ashdown, Charles Kennedy and Clegg reached new heights of public support. The same can happen again.
A colleague said to me during this contest: “But isn’t Farron a bit risky?” I responded that that may be so, but what the party needs at this time is a risk-taker, not afraid to revisit more traditional Liberal policies – on Trident, on Europe, on industrial democracy, on land value taxation, on the pursuit of a more just society, and on the need for a federal constitution including a new upper house.
It will be a long and at times painful journey, but with Tim Farron inspiring and leading it I see grounds for real hope and optimism.
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- paul barker 1st Aug - 2:44pm
I agree with this article, we should be love -bombing Labour moderates & Labour Liberals. If you know any Labour supporters - talk to them....
- Tomas Howard-Jones 1st Aug - 2:33pm
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- Sue S 1st Aug - 2:29pm
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- Tomas Howard-Jones 1st Aug - 1:51pm
Sorry, another mistake...I meant to say 'Few British Politicians', not populations!
- Tomas Howard-Jones 1st Aug - 1:45pm
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- Eddie Sammon 1st Aug - 1:43pm
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