Tag Archives: party policy and internal matters

Inquiries into Rennard allegations must be as public as possible

The party’s investigations into allegations against its members are traditionally internal, confidential affairs. There are good reasons for this, particularly as confidentiality can be necessary for people to be willing to given evidence and as the simple existence of an allegation can kill someone’s political career, even if the allegations are subsequently found to be groundless.

They are often so confidential, in fact, that the last time I was asked to provide evidence for an inquiry, I did not know what the precise allegations were, who was investigating them, who the range of people being investigated were, whether or not the …

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Opinion: The importance of party unity over the economy

There has been a rise in factionalism across the Liberal Democrats during their time in the Coalition Government – with the Liberal Left, Social Liberal Forum, Liberal Reform and other groups, all promoting their different perspectives. At Party Conference a left/right divide over economics and fiscal policy was very noticeable.

My thesis is that this divide is a serious one which is widening, not narrowing, and without measures to halt the fragmentation,

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Opinion: Farewell to Lib Dem News

As a former Editor, I’m sad to see that Liberal Democrat News is now compiling its final issue.

The idea of a weekly newspaper began in 1947.There were numerous attempts to axe it. I fought off at least two, and it was only thanks to the likes of David Steel, John Pardoe, and the ALC, that the treasurer was persuaded otherwise in the 1970s. Then, the party was financially bust, despite Trevor Jones delivering a string of remarkable by-election successes that

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  • User AvatarMartin Pierce 22nd Aug - 4:37pm
    Good article folks!
  • User AvatarCaractatus 22nd Aug - 4:31pm
    The deficit is not going down at the moment, it is up on this time last year and while one set of figures is not...
  • User Avatarkeaton 22nd Aug - 4:26pm
    A very reasonable assessment of the situation by John Barrett. I agree that it's much more measured and honest than either of the official campaigns,...
  • User AvatarJoe Otten 22nd Aug - 4:25pm
    I would be totally against any "vengeful anti-Scottish measures", and I've not heard anybody call for them. What is likely though, is that Scotland's interests...
  • User AvatarTerry 22nd Aug - 4:24pm
    I agree with the OP. SEFS is a hideously bland slogan that Labour and even the Tories might credibly use. (Not to mention the objection...
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 22nd Aug - 4:16pm
    Few people know what the Lib Dems stand for so I agree this needs addressing. It isn't good enough to have beliefs and values which...