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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- Katharine Pindar 28th Sep - 11:23pm
Simon Shaw - fair comment, and I seem to remember hearing Tim say Corbyn wouldn't talk to him. But there are ways and ways of...
- David Becket 28th Sep - 11:13pm
Tim Farron needs to cut back on his general attack on Corbyn. Some of Corbyn's policies we can agree with, at least in part. however...
- Dave Orbison 28th Sep - 11:03pm
Tim Hill - re the stuck needle. Very mature and you think the problem lies with Momentum?
- David Evershed 28th Sep - 10:53pm
Tim Hill Corbyn is 21st century digital socialism. There is no Labour needle anymore - apparently.
- Thomas Shakespeare 28th Sep - 10:48pm
Hi Stuart, I don't expect us to overtake Labour, but we can make significant gains. I think link in 2015 on the day leadership ratings...
- Alistair 28th Sep - 10:27pm
Trump will lose because he has alienated overweight people and in particular overweight women.