AD LIB Preview: The one with the kilt

AD LIB September 2013The September issue of AD LIB magazine hits subscribers’ doorsteps this weekend. And it’s wearing a very fetching kilt as Glasgow prepares to welcome the Liberal Democrats for Federal Conference. It even has Gaelic on the front cover. And a saltire, which is bound to annoy our nationalist friends, but, hey, they don’t own it.

There’s an article by someone you might recognise which mentions the Krankies and drinking cocktails out of a gramophone. I have to say that much of the cool stuff in that “Welcome to Glasgow” piece came via the excellent Sophie Bridger.

The Helen Duffett Interview this month is with our Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore. She talks to him about the independence referendum, which will take place a year after he gives his keynote speech on the last day of Conference, renewable energy, the Olympics and 16 and 17 year olds getting their first vote. She didn’t, however, ask him about who he thinks is going to win the F1. No matter, though, you can still sign up to his webinar on Monday night if you are a party member and have any questions you want to ask him.

One of the potential conference flashpoints, whether we should reintroduce the 50p rate of tax, is debated by Linda Jack and Dick Newby. I wonder if you can guess which position each took. I love the accompanying photo, too.

I will, however, have my usual monthly moan about their photo stock and this issue is yet another in which photos of women are massively outnumbered by photos of men. And not very exciting ones at that.

Elsewhere, Dick Taverne talks in our out EU referendum, Rodney Berman makes an outrageous Doctor Who related claim, but his music choices are spectacularly good, Katy Gordon talks career advice and political heroes, Jim Wallace reveals how his coalition negotiations with Donald Dewar almost fell apart and there’s yet more analysis of winning Liberal Democrat council by-election campaigns.

I’m so glad that they haven’t gone down the stereotypical “deep fried” route for this month’s recipe, which is a goat’s cheese and roast vegetable tart. I’m a fan of neither of these things, but the description makes you want one. Now.

If this all sounds tempting, you can take out a year’s subscription to AD LIB for just £35. For that you get a swanky digital version too.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 31st Aug '13 - 12:21pm

    Fan dabi dozi:-). Do they vote for you, Adrian?

  • David White 1st Sep '13 - 1:17pm

    Dick Taverne? Isn’t he the Labour MP for Lincoln?

  • Michael Cole 4th Sep '13 - 12:36pm

    I agree with peter.tyzack: “no, sorry, it doesn’t sound at all tempting.. bring back Lib-Dem News, far more relevant to the mass of the membership…”

    I enjoyed LD News for more than 25 years. Having seen the first couple of editions of Ad Lib I opted not to subscribe. One gets more information and current news online from sources such as LDV. A monthly magazine can not do this. For example, few people are interested in local election results that are more than a month old. I do not require cooking recipes and the like. I regarded the articles as bland and not particularly relevant (to me).

    I appreciate that the change was probably made for financial reasons but does the new format lose any less money ?

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