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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- matt 9th Dec - 9:03pm
@Roland "I would have thought that was obvious: the same as that which resulted in the referendum." That does not make any sense. The referendum...
- Tpfkar 9th Dec - 8:38pm
Eddie - I'd just say that I'm finding it easier to say in a sentence on the doorstep what the Lib Dems are about at...
- Eddie Sammon 9th Dec - 8:32pm
Sorry, I'm not sure whether Labour are pro brexit or remain, I suppose they are kind of pro brexit but not the kind of brexit...
- Richard Underhill 9th Dec - 8:30pm
Suppose the Governor of the Bank of England were to forecast two consecutive quarters of negative growth? We are currently at risk of entering an...
- Eddie Sammon 9th Dec - 8:26pm
It's relevant to the circumstances because the pro-brexit vote in this seat was 67% last night compared with 21.2% for remain. Not sure what the...
- Roland 9th Dec - 8:26pm
@matt Re: Whats the criterion of judging that sea of change? I would have thought that was obvious: the same as that which resulted in...