Author Archives: Theo Knott

No silver bullet for our Lib Dem doldrums

While picking over the bones of our, what could charitably be called, ‘middling’, general election campaign, many Lib Dems have called on the party to develop a new identity of some kind. A single issue that we can define ourselves with. I respectfully think that such an approach is unlikely to lead to the electoral promised-land that some have hoped for.

I am yet to be convinced that there is such an issue, but even assuming one exists that the public likes, there is an underlying paucity at heart of the party in terms of councillors, vote share, seats and public trust. A new identity may help to address some of these, but realistically, much of our resurrection is only going to be based upon time, rebuilding our local base and effort.

We have constructed our parliamentary success historically upon the bedrock of strong and local campaigns.  Boiling down from national context to seat-by-seat contests, often with victories instigated at council level and then translated upwards. Not only did it help to breach out credibility gap with the public (the idea that we couldn’t win somewhere), but it also compensated for our relative lack of party profile and money, as compared to Labour and the Conservatives. 

Posted in Conference and Op-eds | 53 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 15th Aug - 10:53pm
    Martin As you do not get quite to the point of insulting people, I regard the comments you make worth noting. I think as one...
  • User AvatarYeovil Yokel 15th Aug - 10:16pm
    Andrew Hickey - I deduced 'polyamorous' must mean something like 'many lovers' but was reluctant to use the loaded and judgemental term 'promiscuous', which presumably...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 15th Aug - 9:54pm
    The honest answer is, "We don't know". What we do know is that to rejoin the EU after Brexit would involve a host of EU...
  • User AvatarGlenn 15th Aug - 9:41pm
    A very brief few days of panic, followed by claims that transition arrangements mean we haven't really left yet, then a couple of more years...
  • User AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 15th Aug - 9:14pm
    Various - Isn't a problem here that there isn't really any such thing as the 'white working class' any more. At least not in any...
  • User Avatarfrankie 15th Aug - 9:12pm
    Paul, How can you doubt Brexit will be a success when you see the detailed arguments put forward by their leaders and the level of...