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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- Toby Fenwick 30th Nov - 12:48am
@Jonathan Brown - yes, Johnathan, I almost completely agree. I wouldn't rule out a NATO ground force at some point in the future, however.
- Toby Fenwick 30th Nov - 12:45am
@John Roffey I'm completely with you on the COP negotiations. But we can (and should) be capable of doing more than one thing at once.
- Glenn 30th Nov - 12:25am
Little Jacky Pepper, Democracy develops around institutions. Our conception of it was arrived at over centuries Universal suffrage wasn't even part of it until the...
- Ben Jephcott 29th Nov - 11:47pm
I am a little perturbed, as the five tests set out by Tim on whether to back air strikes made sense. ISIS must be defeated,...
- David Evans 29th Nov - 11:19pm
Very disappointing. Too many binary questions and only one that asks for views, opinions and comments on the matter. I fear it is missing an...
- Little Jackie Paper 29th Nov - 10:59pm
Mollison - 'The public support for intervention does seem to me to have a strong element of willy-waving, inspired by discontent with the reality of...