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Opinion: Post Rennard, what should the party do?

Liberal Democrat badge - Some rights reserved by Paul Walter, Newbury, UKThe news that Lord Rennard has been welcomed back into the fold has engendered both despair and joy across the party. Those who ‘never understood what the fuss was all about’, those who are no longer sure they want to be part of a party that doesn’t appear to live its values.  Lester Holloway, among others, offers an excellent analysis of the wider implications.

I have made no secret of my disappointment about the way this case has …

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Opinion: “Freedom is a Word I Rarely Use Without Thinking”

A letter originating from the Leader’s Office on Liberal Principles has provoked some much needed discussion on this subject. For example, this opinion piece from Paul Connolly received a warm welcome.

But it seems odd to discuss Liberalism without ever mentioning directly power.

There been a few mentions of that awful concept of ‘empowerment’ which is so deeply ‘illiberal’ and yet seen as a badge to be worn by post 1997 ‘liberals’.

To ‘empower’ is to allocate power. It is in the first instance the acceptance of the taking of power from people and to ‘reallocate it’. It is a fundamentally …

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    Having been informed on here that Tim Farron was appearing on the Andrew Marr show, I have just watched it. If what we learned from...
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    Hi Jane Ann - thank you. I can't find any photos of that event on Twitter, otherwise I would include that outing above.
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    Ade Adeyemo standing in Solihull too...
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    We should also tell Theresa May that she is using the anti-EU feeling of those who voted leave, in order to try to get more...
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    An interesting interview with Tim Farron on Andrew Marr, in which Tim says that he is actually a bit of a Eurosceptic.
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    Lorenzo Cherin 29th Apr '17 - 12:32am..............Excellent from the party and leader....... A very solvable problem.........No shortage of builders or architects, like with nurses or...