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 19th Jan - 12:57pm
@Roland So we are moving the language again now its allegedly a very hard brexit. As far as I am concerned, it is simply "Brexit"...
- Joe Otten 19th Jan - 12:49pm
To be fair, Kamran has been doing this job for the Yorkshire party for some time - since before the referendum, and was originally appointed...
- paul holmes 19th Jan - 12:40pm
Welcome sentiments from Liz and Caron except for their acceptance that 'Regional Spokespeople' should be appointed from on high and it would be enough to...
- Roland 19th Jan - 12:19pm
@matt re: "Doesn’t look good for all those that put so much faith in the polls trying to claim that public opinion is shifting towards...
- Caron Lindsay 19th Jan - 12:15pm
I do have sympathy with a lot of the comments here. I think the whole idea of having regional spokespeople to speak on this issue...
- Liz Leffman 19th Jan - 11:54am
I found out about this from one of the regional chairs who contacted me having read this article yesterday evening. This was the first that...