The latest edition of Liberator magazine (issue no.359 – June 2013) is being delivered to subscribers this week.
Here’s a summary of the new magazine’s contents:
- The editorial column Commentary says the concept of the ‘centre ground’ is wrong on so many levels. The sooner Nick Clegg stops talking about it, the better.
- The insider gossip column Radical Bulletin begins with an examination of Tim Farron’s appointment as chair of the 2014 European and local election campaign, amid confusing arrangements for the party’s campaign management.
- ‘When will the party start campaigning again?’ – Tony Greaves (a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords) says that the Liberal Democrats are returning to a derelict state in many parts of the country. They must re-learn how to campaign and why.
- ‘When will Clegg ‘get’ local government?’ – Chris White (a Liberal Democrat county councillor in Hertfordshire) says that the party can recover and UKIP can be beaten, but not while the Liberal Democrat high command obsesses over 2015 and ignores local campaigns.
- ‘Lining the pockets of Africa’s elite’ – Rebecca Tinsley (founder of the human rights group Waging Peace) says that giving 0.7% of GDP as foreign aid is simplistic. Too much ends up in the wrong hands but actions that cost little would achieve more.
- ‘Well, that didn’t work’ – Prateek Buch and Geoff Payne, introducing the forthcoming SLF Conference, say that the manifest failure of coalition economic policy endangers Liberal Democrat MPs’ jobs, yet they seem surprisingly unengaged in the debate about how to move on.
- ‘Sett to fail’ – John Leston (a former Liberal councillor, and chair of the Young Liberals 1979-80) says that, as the government proceeds with its counter-productive policy of culling badgers, opposition is mounting.
- ‘Live long and prosper?’ – Claire Tyler (a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords) says that an ageing society is the biggest challenge facing social policy, but the government’s response is inadequate.
- ‘Travels through Coalitionland’ – Michael Meadowcroft (a Liberal councillor in Leeds for fifteen years and former Liberal MP for Leeds West) applauds Alex Marsh’s collection of incisive essays about the Liberal Democrats in coalition.
- 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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