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Opinion: Liberals must learn the lessons of Thatcher

It is a truth often acknowledged that Tony Blair and David Cameron, in moving their respective parties to the centre ground, left a gruelling obstacle on the road to a truly Liberal Britain.
But it’s not from those leaders that the next generation of Liberal Democrat’s must learn, rather it is from a leader who would regard liberalism as a dirty word, and many Liberal outcomes as inimical to her view of society, Margaret Thatcher.

The lesson for Lib Dems is that Thatcher understood that the less well off are just as aspirational as those born to wealth. The Tory method …

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  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 1st Apr - 11:25pm
    @Mathew Thanks from that local insight. I've copied your comment into the main post because I thought it was relevant.
  • User AvatarRichard Duncalf 1st Apr - 10:55pm
    Best wishes Adrian and to your campaign in Vauxhall.
  • User AvatarSesenco 1st Apr - 10:47pm
    The Sheffield Hallam poll is the most successful April Fool's joke of the day. Prior to 1997, Sheffield Hallam was a safe Tory seat. It...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 1st Apr - 10:40pm
    ... and one from the Mark Pack collection: http://www.markpack.org.uk/130605/watch-tim-farrons-superb-video-on-why-people-should-vote-liberal-democrat/ This one demonstrates the difference between liberal Centrism and Liberal Democracy. One is OK-ish but bland...
  • User AvatarSimon Foster 1st Apr - 10:29pm
    I worked with Neil in 1997 when we won Oxford West and Abingdon then, and was in the Abingdon HQ when I heard about this...
  • User AvatarJennie 1st Apr - 10:29pm
    Thanks Neil. I'll go away now.
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