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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- paul barker 5th Dec - 2:08pm
The Yougov political favourability Poll found 29% of voters viewing us favourably, the same number as Labour & 7% ahead of UKIP. That 29% represents...
- Richard Malim 5th Dec - 2:01pm
I voted Lib-Dem in 2015 in Bristol W in order I hoped to keep the Labour out. I cannot see any tactical voter ever voting...
- tpfkar 5th Dec - 1:23pm
Yes we owe the Greens, however everyone's talking about constituencies. I'd have thought that (aside from Brighton) it would be more useful for them not...
- John Peters 5th Dec - 1:23pm
The comparison of Tim Farron to Jesus Christ will certainly unite the British with a single feeling. Laughter is a good tonic.
- Ronald Murray 5th Dec - 1:17pm
The BBC and all media seem to have their prejudices. They will always have UKIP on as they are always guaranteed to say something embarassing...
- Leekliberal 5th Dec - 1:02pm
@Catherine Jane Crosland 'I feel it would have been better if the Greens had stood in Richmond Park. Sarah would almost certainly still have been...