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New issue of Liberator is out

What’s inside this issue?

You can download Liberator 422 for free here: https://liberatormagazine.org.uk/recent-issues/

Find out in Radical Bulletin why there was a row over Lib Dem participation in the South Devon primary election, why members got four conflicting messages about Rochdale and about a mind-bending case for STV enthusiasts, and much more.

Also in this issue:

Why Putin Cannot be Allowed to Win

Lib Dem MP Sarah Green joined a parliamentary delegation to Ukraine and saw a country still determined to resist a tyrant with whom negotiation is impossible

Ukraine Resists – With Some Help From Shakespeare

Nataliya Torkut is Ukraine’s leading expert on Shakespeare and a professor at Zaporizhzhia National University. She was interviewed by Kiron Reid about Ukraine’s continued resistance to Russia and the role in this of intellectual life

How to Look for the Next Leader

With no Lib Dem leadership contest due, Liz Barker looks to the long term of how the party should choose its next leader

The North is Red – at Least for Now

The Rochdale by-election showed the realities of fighting Labour where it is entrenched in its heartlands, even with the unusual circumstances of disowned candidates, says Jackie Pearcey

Does a Decade Make a Difference?

It’s 10 years since the death of Liberator stalwart Simon Titley. Jonathan Calder delves into his writing and finds it alarmingly relevant today

Traffic in a Jam

Mark Smulian looks at why councils’ installation of low traffic neighbourhoods can cause such rancour

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Liberator 421 is now out

Liberator 421 is out and you can download it for free here.

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What’s in this issue?

Find out the news in Radical Bulletin, Lord Bonkers’ thoughts in his Diary, plus Commentary and Letters

PRETTY VACANT

Keir Starmer has a shadow cabinet of nonentities poised to deliver nothing very much in government. It’s a long way from the Blair era, says Jon Egan

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New issue of Liberator out

It’s not often Liberator has a “hold the front page” moment but we did to briefly fit in something on the Guardian letter about party strategy and Ed Davey’s reaction to the 30 signatories, including by all accounts dissent at the Federal Policy Committee.

Find out the news in Radical Bulletin and the thoughts of Lord Bonkers, and this is what is in Liberator 420, which you can download for free here.

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FOUR DAYS GOOD.

What is the Government scared of in Lib Dem South Cambridgeshire’s trial of four-day working, wonders council leader Bridget Smith

HYPOCRISY REIGNS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Rebecca Tinsley wonders why mass killings in Sudan lack the attention focused on Gaza

A RAPID AND UNCONTROLLED DISASSEMBLY OF GOVERNMENT

Suella Braverman’s campaign against rough sleepers was enough to put J Frasier Hewitt off breakfast, and the rest of the Government looks hopeless to a former Tory too

RUNNING UP THE DOWN ESCALATOR

Mid Bedfordshire showed the Liberal Democrats how not to campaign, but Michael Meadowcroft sees a lesson form Poland in how to effectively take on nationalism and populism

AND SO TO MID BEDS

The failure in Mid Bedfordshire holds three lessons the Liberal Democrats should have the wisdom to learn from, says Roger Hayes

A LONG ROAD HOME

Getting the UK back into the European Union can only be a long-term goal, though one helped by Brexit’s manifest failings, says Nick Harvey

A FEW MORE BRICKS IN THE WALLS

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Liberator 419 is out

You can download Liberator 419 for free here:

Find out the latest news in Radical Bulletin, while our Commentary wonders what the point is of the Liberal Democrat policy process and Lord Bonkers gives his view of the world.

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IT EVEN HAPPENS HERE

Serious poverty can be found even in the outwardly affluent Chesham and Amersham constituency. Sarah Green reports

ONLY LOCAL HEROES

Is stressing a candidates’ local connections really the best the party can do? David Grace looks at the conference agenda and fears the worst

NO TIME FOR TIMIDITY

The NHS is in crisis, water and rail privatisations have failed and Brexit is destroying living standards. It’s time for politicians to take the gloves off, says Paul Hindley

NO PLACE LIKE HOME COUNTIES

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Liberator 418 is out!

What’s inside this issue?

You can download Liberator 418 for free here: 

https://liberatormagazine.org.uk/recent-issues/

 

“PAPERS PLEASE”.

Voter ID has caused a damaging fall in the number of people who can vote and must be reversed before the assault on democracy worsens, says Shaun Roberts

 

THE DIVIDE STARTS TO BREAK.

Stephen Farry MP reports on the Alliance party’s progress in Northern Ireland as its politics slowly sheds past sectarianism

 

HOW TO SUP WITH STARMER’S DEVILS

It may be necessary to have a tacit ‘progressive alliance’ at the next election but Liberal Democrats should remember that Labour is only slightly better than the Tories, says Peter Wrigley

 

HOW LABOUR KEPT CHERWELL BLUE

Labour scuppered a progressive majority alliance at Cherwell District Council, the last bit of blue in Oxfordshire, says David Hingley

 

WILL THE LAW FINALLY STICK TO THE TEFLON DON?

Donald Trump is in legal trouble, but there could be Republican candidates who are even worse, says Martha Elliott

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Liberator 416 is out

Liberator 416 can be downloaded here (click on the 416 icon). This is the free February-March online-only edition of Liberator and we hope you enjoy reading it.

You can sign up here to be emailed each time a new bi-monthly Liberator comes out. There’s also a free archive back to 2001.

What’s inside this issue?

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Commentary, Letters and Lord Bonkers’ Diary, Liberator 416 includes:

DEMOCRATIC CENTRALISTS

Liberalism used to be about enabling free thought and giving communities a voice. Has a series of centralising measures in the party stifled that creativity and innovation? Gareth Epps investigates

BUSY DOING NOTHING

The Liberal Democrats have ignored two sets of recommendations on race because other equalities issues are more popular. They will therefore go on losing to Labour in urban areas, says Janice Turner

SEEING RED OVER LABOUR

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New issue of Liberator out

Liberator 413 can be downloaded here (click on the 413 icon). This is the free June 2022 online-only edition of Liberator and we hope you enjoy reading it.

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What’s inside this issue?

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Commentary and the return of Lord Bonkers’ Diary, Liberator 413 includes:

LOADSAMONEY RIDES AGAIN

A get rich quick culture and low expectations of politicians has led to the corruption of public life with ‘partygate’ only the tip of an iceberg, says Nick Winch

GLOBAL BRITAIN OR LITTLE ENGLAND?

The Social Liberal Forum conference on 25 June looks at the UK, the European Union and the relationship with it the Government seeks to avoid, says David Grace

WHERE ARE OUR UKRAINIANS?

Rose Stimson wants to offer shelter to a Ukrainian mother and child but finds the UK government thwarting this despite its rhetoric

SPEAK AS YOU LIKE

In the language question in Ukraine discrimination against Russian speakers is an invented grievance, say Iryna Barlit and Vladyslav Bandrovsky

WHEN THE WHEAT RUNS OUT

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to devastate world wheat supplies bringing starvation to poor countries far from the war, warns Phil Bennion

DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR ON THE DANUBE

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Issue 412 of Liberator out – Ukraine, Erlend, Extinction Rebellion

Liberator 412 can be downloaded here . This is the April 2022 online-only edition of Liberator and we hope you enjoy reading it.

What’s inside this issue?

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Commentary and Letters, Liberator 412 includes:

UKRAINES COMEDIAN PRESIDENT IS NO COMIC.

Kiron Reid saw great hope on democracys eastern border in Ukraine when this article was published in Liberator 398 in November 2019 after the election of Volodymyr Zelenskyy as president. Following Russias invasion of Ukraine, we reprint it here, followed by some necessarily anonymous reflections on Ukraine now and the path to war from an observer

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Liberator 411 is out now

Liberator 411 is out and can be downloaded here.

This is the February 2022 online-only edition of Liberator and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Remember Liberator is now free and you can sign up on our website to get notifications of each new issue: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

What’s inside this issue?

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Commentary and Reviews,  Liberator 411 includes:

UNABLE TO COUNT

The Liberal Democrats will be finished if they further narrow their appeal to voters, says Nick Harvey

TORIES PLUMB NEW DEPTHS

Home secretary Priti Patels use of cross-channel refugees as a populist weapon hasnt been widely welcomed on the south coast, says Stewart Rayment

TIME TO GROW HAIRS

Last years two by-election gains showed what Big Hairy Audacious Campaignscan do. Now spread that to wider campaigning, says Roger Hayes

LIBERATE SCHOOLS

Authoritarianism characterises too many schools, when wellbeing should be at the heart of everything they do, says Liz Makinson

AFGHANS NEGLECTED BY PATELS HOME OFFICE

Afghan refugees are being persecuted by the Home Office for suggesting how it could save money, says Rebecca Tinsley

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New issue of Liberator out!

Liberator 407 is out.

You can download it free here, or see this and our back issues for free on: www.liberatormagzine.org.uk

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Letters, Reviews and Lord Bonkers’ Diary, and an appeal to help our colleague Sarah Green in Chesham and Amersham, Liberator 407 includes:

 IT’S EQUALITY, STUPID

Chris White draw lessons from the curate’s egg of England’s local elections

CHASING THE PENGUIN, CHESS PIECE AND BADGER VOTE

None of them can vote, but humans in Scotland got little attention from a misguided Lib Dem leadership obsessed with unionism, says Nigel Lindsay

WHY DID WALES FAIL AGAIN?

Peter Black says the Welsh Lib Dem hierarchy should take responsibility for a hopeless and failed Senedd campaign

HORSES NO LONGER FRIGHTENED

The electorate is realigning even if politicians have not caught up, and that creates an opening for Liberals to put their case loudly says Roger Hayes

POOR PEOPLE ARE PAYING THE POVERTY PREMIUM

Claire Tyler explains why a House of Lords report on financial inclusion found millions cannot acmes the service stye need, and how this could be improved.

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Newest issue of Liberator free online

Liberator’s second online only issue is out and available for free download at: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

What’s inside?

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Letters, Reviews and Lord Bonkers’ Diary, Liberator 404 includes:

Conflict, uncertainty and being wrong: welcome to ‘the science’

Science isn’t about boffins imparting hard facts – it involves a lot of disagreement and uncertainty. Acknowledging this could improve both how politicians use science and public trust in them, says Christy Lawrance.

Dazed and confused

Constantly chasing regulations, the failure of ‘track and trace’ and local political incompetence have combined to make Covid-19’s second wave worse in northern England, says Jackie Pearcey.

Now go and sell it

The Liberal Democrats have backed the idea of a universal basic income. Now they must promote it as the cornerstone of a new radical politics, says Paul Hindley.

The North moves the political plates

Liberal Democrat conference had to duck the issue of English regions, but anger is rising in the north at the lack of devolution, says Tony Greaves.

Will he go quietly?

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Liberator’s first free online issue out now

Liberator’s first online issue is out and available for free download at: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Letters, Reviews and Lord Bonkers’ Diary, Liberator 403 includes:

The coffee smells off

Ed Davey’s listening tour is all very well, but have the Lib Dems any idea what they want people to think about them, wonders David Grace.

Generous Gesture

Julian Huppert explains the origin of The Generous Society,Tom King’s new booklet on the meaning of liberal values.

Will Russia rescue Trump again?

Tell a big lie often enough and people will believe it; that is presidential politics in the age of Trump, says Martha Elliott.

Who won the Iraq war?

Turns out it was Iran as American errors left the country at the mercy of their militias and a revived IS, says Rebecca Tinsley.

My enemy’s enemy

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Last print issue of Liberator now free online

Liberator 402 is on its way to subscribers and is available as a free download from our website: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk 
This is our last issue in print, and future Liberators will be free downloads from the website, which also has a free archive of copies back to 2001.

In future anyone – not just subscribers – can download and read Liberator on any device they wish, print out parts of it and pass it on to anyone interested.

We will send out email notifications when each PDF issue comes out. To be on this list please visit our website to sign up or email us at: [email protected]

Liberator 402 includes:

The Next Leader Speaks

Ed Davey and Layla Moran answer Liberator’s questions on how they would approach being Lib Dem leader

Beads Without String

Hardly anyone knows what holds Liberal Democrat policies together and the party bores and baffles the public. Michael Meadowcroft suggests some solutions

Staring us in the Face

Responses are needed to everything from a pandemic-induced recession to Black Lives Matter, and a look at Liberal history will reveal many of them, says Trevor Smith

Getting the Builders In

Susan Simmonds finds much to think about in Layla Moran’s Build Back Better booklet

Liberal Lessons About a Painful Past

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New issue of Liberator free online

We’d intended to announce at York that Liberator will become a free online only publication in September.

Given the pandemic though, with potential readers stranded at home, we’re doing this a bit early with our 400th issue, which also marks Liberator’s 50th anniversary.

Go to: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk and you can download a pdf onto any device.

We will soon announce arrangements for those who’d like to sign up to be notified of when new issues come out.

Also now available on the website is our post-election review in Liberator 399.

Subscribers have been sent Liberator 400 by post and subject to how the present restrictions pan out we intend to produce Liberator 401 and 402 in print and then Liberator 403 will be online only. That was intended to coincide with the September conference but as that is in limbo we may have fortuitously picked the right time to go online only.

Liberator 400 includes:

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 398 of Liberator will soon be on its way to subscribers and the free sample articles for this issue Liberalism After Brexit, by Bernard Greaves, and Another Capitalism is Possible, by Paul Hindley, are available here.

And for those facing the rigours of a winter general election, here is the front cover illustration.

Other articles in this issue are:

Answering To A Higher Authority – Tim Farron chose to join a notably hardline Christian group, and then wondered why his views were wildly incompatible with being Lib Dem leader. Liz Barker seeks answers in his new book

Army Dreamers – The west’s counter-insurgency strategy sees the UK and its allies are pouring money into the questionably effective armed forces of repressive governments, says Rebecca Tinsley

Ukraine’s Comedian is No Comic – As America’s impeachment hearings centre on President Trump’s relations with Ukraine’s comedian president, Kiron Reid looks at how the latter got elected

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New issue of Liberator out

New Issue of Liberator Out

Issue 397 of Liberator will soon be on its way to subscribers and the free sample articles for this issue are former Tory MP – now a Lib Dem – Harold Elletson on why Boris Johnson has no ‘bottom’, and Roger Hayes on how the Lib Dems can start to rebuild a broken Britain.

See: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk 

Liberator will be on sale at our stall in Bournemouth along with the new songbook – come and see us.

Also in this issue:

ANOTHER ALLIANCE? – Should there be a Remain Alliance involving Liberal Democrats at any imminent general election? Liberator canvassed some views, this is what we got

IS IT OUR FAULT? – Pro-European politicians have been too scared to make a robust case for the EU, and that includes the Liberal Democrats says David Grace

THE LEADER OF THE PACK – Jonathan Calder looks at the Social Liberal Forum’s new book on liberal ideas Wolves in the Forest

JUST THIS ONCE – The enormity of Brexit demands that Remain parties stand aside for each other, says Naomi Smith

THOUGHT SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED? – Modern slavery is rife despite legislation, with UK nationals often the victims, says Isabelle Parasram

BRAZIL: BACK TO DARKNESS – A supported of torture, military dictatorship and white supremacy rules a potential economic giant and makes Donald Trump look like a liberal. Jonathan Fryer reports

THIS MAY NOT LAST LONG – Liberal Democrat MEPs have no idea how long they will serve in Brussels, but are making the most of their opportunities, says Jane Brophy

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New Issue of Liberator Out

Issue 396 of Liberator will soon be on its way to subscribers and the free sample article for this issue is Ed Davey and Jo Swinson giving their answers to Liberator’s questionnaire to Lib Dem leadership candidates.

The topics here are intended to get both to think about what the party is for and what it should do now that it has unexpectedly and suddenly recovered its political standing from the post-coalition doldrums.

Here’s what we asked the two candidates. For their answers see: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

  1. Were the European election results a one-off or can the support gained be kept and what other issues would you raise?
  2. Should the party seek to establish a core vote and if so from which parts of the electorate should this be drawn, and not?
  3. If you were in the same position as Nick Clegg was over tuition fees (a pledge made then broken) how would you handle the problem?
  4. Can the Liberal Democrats really ‘win everywhere’ or does this approach necessarily mean they can lose everywhere too?
  5. Would you regard your election as leader as a mandate to take the party in a particular political direction, and if so what?
  6. What policies should the party put forward to address climate change?
  7. If Brexit does take place should we become the party of ‘back in’ the EU?
  8. How are we to raise the resources to fix crumbling public services?
  9. Do you regret the Coalition’s austerity policies and what should be done to address the dismantling of the welfare state?
  10. Who is your current political hero?

Also in this issue:

IN – OUT – PENDING Whoever becomes the next Liberal Democrat leader, they can look forward to an overflowing in-tray. Sarah Green takes a look inside

WHAT THE BBC WON’T TELL YOULiberals saw a renaissance in the European Parliament elections, despite the media emphasis on the populist right, says David Grace

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New issue of Liberator out….

Issue 395 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

Our first free sample article for this issue gives Liberator’s take on the potential contenders – with varying degrees of probability – as the next leader following Vince Cable signalling his retirement.

In the second Paul Hindley wonders why the Lib Dems won’t grasp Liberal policies in place over decades offer solutions to the crises of Brexit and inequality,

Both are on: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk 

Also in this issue:

Getting on without us? – The UK may end up absent but European Parliament elections will be held in May. David Grace assesses the ALDE group’s chances

What’s the record of the last man standing? – Vince Cable probably did not intend to become leader in 2017, but as others fell away the job was his. How did he do, ask Ruth Coleman Taylor and Mick Taylor?

From riches to rags – Lorraine Zuleta charts Venezuela’s fall from wealth and democracy to poverty and repression under its socialist government

And they’re off! – With 16 candidates already in the field do the Democrats have any hope of finding someone who can beat Donald Trump asks James R Davidson

Porn baffles the tories – The Government’s bid to stop minors accessing porn sites is technologically illiterate and bound to fail, says Natasha Chapman

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 393 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

Our first free sample article for this issue is by Sarah Green deploring the diversion of money and time caused by the way Vince Cable’s reform proposals were handled.

In the other free article, Liverpool group leader Richard Kemp explains why he for one is not a ‘moderate’.

Both are on: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk 

Also in this issue:

Reverse Double – The Immigration debate at Brighton showed the party both morally and politically wrong, says Natasha Chapman 

Damned From the Start –The Liberal Democrats’ new foreign policy paper is riddled with flaws, hardly surprising when …

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Liberator 391 is out

Our two free sample articles for this issue are by Lord Trevor Smith on the withering of parliamentary democracy under pressures that started in the Thatcher era, and by Jonathan Calder on A Very English Scandal and his own role in unmaksing a key figure. Both are on: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

Also in this issue:

A Long Way From Lewisham – Don’t be deceived by Lewisham East – a decent result but the Lib Dems must get radical to get noticed, says Roger Hayes

Protest Party – The Liberal Democrats should be leading the protests against social injustice, says Natalie Bird

UK Coming Apart At The Seams – Scotland and Northern Ireland are being dragged out of the European Union against their will, but the latter has an escape route thanks to the Good Friday agreement, says Wendy Kyrle-Pope

All Together Now? – The plethora of anti-Brexit groups resembles disputes between Monty Python’s “People’s Front of Judea’ and ‘Judean People’s Front’. David Grace offers a guide

Living Longer But Dying Too Soon – Care for people with learning disabilities still fails to prevent avoidable deaths, says Margaret Lally

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 388 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

Find out with our two free articles from this issue how Adrian Sanders thinks there is an ‘exit from Brexit ‘, and why Rebecca Tinsley is sounding the alarm over the persecution of Cameroon’s English speakers.

Also in this issue:

Blood Flows in Myanmar – Phil Bennion describes Liberal International’s activity to try to protect the Rohingya

How Universities Sold Their Souls – Trevor Smith looks at why seats of learning decided to chase money

Battling Brexit From the Red Benches – Tony Greaves on what Lib Dem peers can do to try to halt Brexit

Corbyn is Nick Clegg’s Fault – Allan Biggar has been out of active politics for many years, and looks at whether he should contemplate a return.

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Conference issue of LIberator out

Issue 386 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

Find out with our two free articles from this issue why Norman Lamb wants the party to tackle the endemic powerlessness that helped lead to Brexit, and why Sarah Olney might have benefitted from a ‘progressive alliance’ in Richmond Park, but views the idea with great suspicion.

Also in this issue:

John Pugh says a state that wants to enable has to be active too.

Sarah Green looks at who the new Liberal Democrats are, as they now vastly outnumber the old ones.

Jonathan Calder revisits the work of Richard Rorty, a philosopher who has much to tell liberals now about what happened when the cultural left supplanted the reformist one.

Roger Hayes argues that opposing Brexit and the economic crisis it threatens isn’t Liberal Democrat policy, but the context against which the party must set its policy.

Wendy Kyrle-Pope looks at how to tempt savers into investing in new affordable housing, while Jon Reeds says homes should not be directed into ’garden towns’ that waste land.

Rebecca Tinsley reports on why too much foreign aid money goes into perpetuating inadequate education systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 385 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

This includes in Radical Bulletin our piecing together of the story of Tim Farron’s resignation and who did and did not conspire to do what. We also look at what went on in some controversies over candidates and campaigns.

Its traditional for Liberator to send a questionnaire to leadership contenders, so we did so even though there is only one and Vince Cable’s answers can be seen here.

This issue’s other free sample article is Liz Barker’s recounting of how she tried to get Tim Farron to see the political implications of his views on gay sex.

Elsewhere, Liberator includes Vauxhall candidate George Turner’s criticism of party headquarters’ role in his campaign, reflections on the results from Tony Greaves,  Michael Meadowcroft, Paul Hindley, Nigel Lindsay and others, and to remind us that it’s not just the UK that has had a general election, Marianne Magnin reports on Macron’s win in France.

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 384 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

This necessarily rather truncated pre-election issue’s free sample online content is from Claire Tyler on why the poor pay more by being excluded from financial services, and Andrew Duff on why the UK should seek an association agreement with the EU

Elsewhere in the issue there is:
How the Lib Dems Lost Their Think Tank – Seth Thevoz analyses Centre Forum’s slide out of liberal politics and eventual demise
Out With the Old – English county results show some old guards should step aside, says Chris White

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 383 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

This issue’s free sample online content is from Tony Greaves on what ‘taking back control’ really means, and from Dave Raval on why the much-vaunted post-Brexit trade deals will bring more problems.

Elsewhere in the issue there is:

On the Fence With A Part-Time Submarine

Liberal Democrats look set to yet again show they lack the guts to scrap the waste of money that is Trident, says David Grace

A Vote for A Delusion

Leave voters who think they have made Britain a global player again are in for a shock, says Paul Hindley

The Tinkerbell Approach to Politics

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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 382 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

This issue’s free sample online content is from Nick Harvey on winning back support in the south west from voters who may have backed Brexit, and from Lester Holloway on whether the Alderdice review of diversity will tackle issues facing Liberal Democrats from ethnic groups

Elsewhere the new issue has:

MENTAL HEALTH – WHY IS IT LAST IN LINE FOR RESOURCES?

by Claire Tyler, who has secured new legislation to improve child mental

health

TROUBLE IN J-TOWN by Rebecca Tinsley, who has seen terrorism, religious polarisation, and eye-watering corruption in northern Nigeria

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New issue of Liberator out…

Issue 380 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers, and the magazine can be bought from our stall at the Brighton conference. It’s only £25 a year.

This issue’s free sample online content is from former MP David Howarth on how to use the 48% as the basis for building a core vote, and from Lord Trevor Smith on how politics must respond to the effects of ‘robber barons and falling incomes’.

Elsewhere the issue has:

  • Norman Baker on what it was like to work with Theresa May in government.
  • An analysis by Seth Thevoz of how the Liberal Democrats badly misdirected their campaign spending at the last general election.
  • Paul Hindley on why the north mainly voted for Brexit.
  • Rebecca Tinsley explains the fresh outbreak of war in South Sudan.
  • Our American correspondents Christine and Dennis Graf look at whether Donald Trump can be stopped.
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New issue of Liberator out

Issue 379 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

This issue’s free sample online content is from Baroness Julie Smith on what went wrong with the Remain campaign, and Roger Hayes on a plan to take the political temperature of the post-referendum UK and devise liberal responses to this.

Elsewhere the issue has the Commentary on how 48% of the electorate is an ample pool in which the party can fish, news and gossip in Radical Bulletin, reviews and Lord Bonkers’ Diary.

There is also more referendum reaction from: Kiron Reid, Sir Graham Watson, Jane McBennett and Lord Trevor Smith and a set of Vox Pops from party activists.

Jonathan Calder looks at the final disgrace of Tony Blair in the Chilcot report, David Grace reviews David Laws’ book on the Coalition and Energlyn Churchill assesses what he calls the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ existential crisis. Nick Winch contributes an obituary for David Rendel.

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New issue of Liberator is out

Issue 378 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers.

This issue’s free sample online content is the Commentary on how local parties need to feel able to innovate in campaigning, and Claire Tyler’s article on how many people are overlooked and left behind by an incoherent post-16 education system.

Elsewhere the issue has the Commentary, news and gossip in Radical Bulletin, book reviews, Lord Bonkers’ latest thoughts and among the articles:

A RETURN TO REASON? Adrian Slade finds hope for better politics in May’s election results

BACK FROM THE BRINK IN LIVERPOOL – The Lib Dems were close to being wiped out in a city they ran six years ago, but this year’s election have seen a small but crucial revival, says Richard Clein

COMMUNITY POLITICS BUT NO COMMUNITY – A new book observing London’s population shows a city grappling huge population churns of rich and poor, finds Wendy Kyrle-Pope

WHY LIBERALS LOST IN SCOTLAND – The tragedy of the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ near-demise in May’s elections was so predictable it could be written in advance, writes new arrival in Scotland Gareth Epps

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Issue 377 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers

This issue’s free sample online content relates to the upcoming referendum on membership of the European Union, with David Grace exposing the Leave campaign’s deceits, and Kiron Reid assessing the effective of the Remain campaign and some mistakes it has made.

Elsewhere the issue has the Commentary, news and gossip in Radical Bulletin, book reviews, Lord Bonkers’ latest thoughts and among the articles:

Beyond Hillary and Bernie – whoever is the candidate, the Democrats face tough choices about their future, says Rebecca Tinsley

Not quite a survival plan – The ‘Gurling’ general election review has a sound analysis of what went wrong …

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