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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- tonyhill 25th Jul - 8:59pm
Look how well £3 members served democracy in the Labour Party last year - Paddy appears to be supporting 1p members of this organisation. I...
- Barry Snelson 25th Jul - 8:56pm
John, You beat me to the keyboard on the counter to "our manufacturing jobs have moved to low cost economies", which is of course -...
- Dave Page 25th Jul - 8:48pm
Team Instinct all the way! Go Yellows!
- Yellow Submarine 25th Jul - 8:37pm
It's a good piece and very well written. I've no knowledge or experience of Northern Ireland so can't comment on most of it. However it's...
- Eddie Sammon 25th Jul - 8:35pm
Thanks John, yes, I am of the opinion that someone should put their own assets on the line when they take out debt to buy...
- David Raw 25th Jul - 8:31pm
I'll join when Paddy publicly eats his hat. Until then...............................