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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 Avatartheakes 25th Jul - 9:44am
    Richard: it is reality, look at Doncaster last night, where was the Liberal Democrat candidate, did we have one? And this in an area where...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 25th Jul - 9:33am
    I like it!
  • User AvatarPaul in Wokingham 25th Jul - 9:28am
    I do find myself wondering whether any of this really matters. The MPs who get re-elected next year will basically be those who are well-known...
  • User AvatarTim13 25th Jul - 8:53am
    I have learnt, reading up on James Gurling, that he is, in his day job, a communications consultant. He has also been Chair of Campaigns...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 25th Jul - 8:36am
    There's a political fable about ice cream vans. You have a very long beach, and 3 ice cream vans. Good for the public would be...
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 25th Jul - 8:22am
    "Of course, it may be that you’re an English nationalist and don’t want to preserve a working union. Fair enough." I certainly am not. :)