The latest edition of Liberator magazine (issue no.358 – April 2013) is being delivered to subscribers this week.
Here’s a summary of the new magazine’s contents:
- The editorial column Commentary examines the damage done to the party by the parliamentary votes on secret courts. It also considers the long-term lessons of the Eastleigh by-election.
- The insider gossip column Radical Bulletin includes the inside story of the stitch-up that blocked a debate about economics at party conference.
- ‘Six steps from the brink’ – Trevor Smith (a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords) suggests how the Liberal Democrats can save themselves from the coalition’s unpopularity.
- ‘This time it matters’ – Tony Greaves (a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords) says election manifestos are usually largely ignored, but warns that the next Liberal Democrat one will show whether the party has a liberal message for the public or is tied to a hopeless defence of the coalition.
- ‘Hurting not working’ – Chris Layton (economic advisor to the Liberal Party in the 1960s and a former parliamentary candidate) says that coalition economic policy has failed and it is time to stimulate demand and investment.
- ‘Answers in strange places’ – Bill le Breton (a former chair and president of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors) says that, with coalition economic policy failing, Liberal Democrats should look to the surprising source of Milton Friedman.
- ‘A breathing space for Mali’ – Laura Gordon (who has been working for a British NGO in Mali since April 2012) says French intervention has been popular in Mali, but driving out Islamist rebels is not enough in one the world’s poorest countries.
- ‘Soft skill shuffle’ – Claire Tyler (a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, who represents the party on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility) says that helping young people succeed in education and work means much more than a narrow focus on academic results.
- ‘Kafka would know it’ – Ruth Bright (Liberal Democrat candidate for East Hampshire in 2005) complained about sexism and abuse in the Liberal Democrats and found an amateurish party unable to respond.
- ‘Flag waving’ – Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party saw its offices burned and members threatened with violence when its support led to the Union Jack flying only on certain days. Chris Lyttle (Alliance MLA for East Belfast) says that the party’s stand has made it stronger.
- ‘Ten years after’ – Donnachadh McCarthy (deputy chair of the Liberal Democrat Federal Executive from 2002 to 2004) says that the Liberal Democrats briefly caught the public mood over the Iraq war, but only despite their leaders.
- ‘Do no harm’ – David Thorpe (an economics journalist who sits on the London Liberal Democrat regional executive) says that a liberal tax system should reflect John Stuart Mill’s ‘harm principle’.
- ‘Forgotten argument’ – Gareth Epps (a member of the Liberator Collective) reviews the Green Book. He finds open despair about the willingness of Tories to break their own green promises, and sprawling detail rather than vision.
- Book reviews.
- Lord Bonkers’ Diary – Lord Bonkers (Liberal MP for Rutland South West 1906-10) regales readers with another week’s goings-on in Rutland.
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