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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- adrian sanders 30th Jul - 3:09pm
Now Tim's leader I'm expecting a cockroach but would prefer a Phonix.
- rita giannini 30th Jul - 2:50pm
No Europe? With the referendum? There must be something we don't know......
- johnmc 30th Jul - 2:44pm
- ATF 30th Jul - 2:32pm
@John Tilley How about a Duck a l'orange Book?
- ATF 30th Jul - 2:31pm
(I'm not much of a Libby fan...)
- John Tilley 30th Jul - 2:22pm
So long as it is not a small Orange Book or a Dead Duck, most of us will probably be happy with a replacement.