What’s in the Conference issue of Liberator?

Issue 374 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers and will be on sale from our stall at the Bournemouth conference.

This issue’s free sample online content is the Commentary on what the party is for if when it shares national power it can survive neither a coalition with the Conservatives nor, a generation ago, a pact with Labour. A second Commentary provides some hopefully helpful guidance for new members.

Also available is Professor Alex Marsh’s article on how government policy is squeezing poor people out of affordable homes.

See: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

The new issue also includes:

LOOK LEFT FOR A ROUTE AHEAD

Chasing Liberal Democrat voters who defected to the Conservatives in 2015 is bound to fail because of their illiberal outlook, but the party might be onto something with those who shifted to Labour or the Greens, says David Howarth

ANOTHER RIGHT TO BUY

It’s time to extend right-to-buy to private tenants who could afford it, says William Tranby

TIME TO DITCH TRIDENT

Expensive, useless and a pointless distortion of defence spending, so will the Lib Dems finally oppose Trident, asks David Grace

FOLLOW THE MONEY

If the Liberal Democrats want more diverse candidates they should offer cash and petrol, not quotas, says Sarah Green

AMERICA TRUMPED

Republicans are mesmerised by Donald Trump’s populist campaign. Is he a Democrat plant, wonders Dennis Graf

BROKEN FROM BELOW

Margaret Lally reports on the devastation caused by Nepal’s two earthquakes and the most effective relief methods

WELL, TIM

Pithy advice to Tim Farron from Adrian Sanders, Flick Rea, Kiron Reid, Geoff Payne and Teena Lashmore

BECOMING THE PROBLEM SOLVERS

There is too little serious debate about political problems including housing, the environment, the economy and immigration, yet liberal solutions are at hand, says Alan Sherwell

A MATRIX FOR POLICY 

Liberal Democrat policy making pays little attention to who the results are aimed at, says Tom Paul

LLOYD GEORGE BETRAYED

Complicity in Coalition welfare cuts destroyed a proud liberal tradition. Can Tim Farron recover it, wonders Ruth Bright

RECOVERING CREDIBILITY

Liberal Democrats must work to recover their place at the top table of progressive politics, says Simon Hebditch

FROM MP TO INTERLOPER

When he lost his seat in May, Adrian Sanders little expected he’d be received at the heart of the Tory establishment

STICKING PLASTER FOR SERVICE CRACKS

The voluntary sector is being left to take up the slack of cuts in public services while its own funding is reduced and the Tories try to silence its criticism, says Mathew Hulbert

TESTING TIMES

The constitution preamble and ideas from Vince Cable could be the criteria against which to judge policy, says Peter Watts

CHEAP AND CHEERFUL

Political parties promise to spend money on services but ignore massive benefits which could be achieved for free, says Rob Wheway

Plus reviews, Radical Bulletin, letters and Lord Bonkers’ Diary.

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