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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- Cllr Mark Wright 1st Dec - 9:47pm
Good call Tim.
- Hywel 1st Dec - 9:45pm
This is Tims full statement (email of a shorter version just arrived) http://www.libdems.org.uk/position_on_syria?utm_campaign=151201_syria&utm_medium=email&utm_source=libdems
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William 1st Dec '15 - 7:44pm "Why on Earth is it Nick who is announcing this?" David Steel used to make announcements for Paddy Ashdown,...
- John Deeks 1st Dec - 9:28pm
Has anybody who is against our involvement in Syria actually said we should withdraw from Iraq? If not can it be explained why.
- Ian 1st Dec - 9:28pm
Shifting some rubble around in Syria, with risk of tragic collateral damage along the way, isn't going to make anyone any safer, either here or...
- Roland 1st Dec - 9:18pm
> "I think we are going to be punished for it." As far as the various jihadists are concerned, "the West" is going to be...