In which Tim Farron shows excellent judgement

Tim Farron was interviewed on Sky News today from beautiful Kendal and did a fantastic job of talking up the party’s chances, saying Britain needed “moderate, sensible, compassionate” Liberal Democrats in government, deflected the leadership speculation stuff and showed excellent judgement when confronted with Paddy’s rather intemperate interview of a couple of weeks ago. He also talked about the difference Liberal Democrats can make in power, citing the example of his local Lib Dem councillors building 1000 council houses, making a massive difference for 1000 families despite the opposition of the Tories.  Enjoy:

 

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15 Comments

  • Yeah, if he was our spokesperson/leader reckon we would be doing very much better, Would have been a bout of fresh air in the debates.

  • “Moderate, sensible, compassionate” Liberal Democrats.

    I would not expect Tim Farron to say anything different when talking to news journalists in the run up to an election. and good luck to the man. The rest of my comment does not concern Tim.

    What I find a little odd about this site is that almost every post, all the year round, has the same, self-congratulatory tone. A casual observer would conclude that the party is riding high in the poles with every reason to be extremely satisfied with the party performance. Strangely, the reverse is true, with many predictions that the party will face destruction at the election.

    The purpose of my comment is not to rain on Tim’s parade but to enquire how almost complete self satisfaction with the party is justified given the probable public perception. It may be that the purpose of the site is to rally the troops, in which case the praise is at full throttle.

    If the purpose of the site is for critical debate, then I suspect the more critical have already gone elsewhere. Cast an eye over typical post titles to see that self satisfaction is at a maximum and complacency is an understatement.

    Why do I make such unwelcome comments? I’m not trying to be labelled obnoxious, though I daresay this intervention will earn me that tag. I’m actually trying to help. Given the poor poll performance, I would expect fierce debate about how the party needs to change.

    Instead, I see endless self praise. I am curious to understand if LibDem satisfaction is derived from self regard and has no concern for public perception.

  • Peter, what you call “self-congratulatory”, I call putting a brave face on in the face of absolute adversity. The Party has quite enough people laying about it, sometimes very unfairly, so a little bit of cheerleading is rather called for. No one will tell the good news for our Party if we don’t.

    (and have you seen Conservatoryhome or the Labour hagioblographies?)

  • Personally I am proud of what we have achieved in coalition. It was obvious that we would pay a price in popularity for entering the coalition. We were putting national interest ahead of party interest — also something to be proud of.

    As a candidate in the General election, I feel we have a platform to stand on that is good, and I hope all that we are doing now will benefit people even if I, and people like me (in non-target seats) are not elected. At the moment it feels as if we are holding the place of sanity in the British political system.

    Looking beyond the election, we probably will have some re-grouping to do. That too is a reason not to be dispondent, and to look beyond May 7 as well as campaigning for it.

  • Mark argent – very sensible and much needed comments. I too am proud of what we have achieved. Yes there have been mistakes and a couple of big ones but we are human. What really bugs me are those who insist on talking the party down at every opportunity. Get out and knock on a door.

  • Philip Thomas 5th Apr '15 - 9:28pm

    @david I’d rather they talked down the party on here than on the doorstep. They’re probably not one of us anyway (?syntax?).

    @Peter- there’s plenty of criticism of Lib Dem fortunes, politicians and policies on this site. Some of it is even mine.

  • Peter – there is a time and a place for everything. Now we are in general election mode, then everything about the Lib Dems is great.

  • Ian Stewart 6th Apr '15 - 12:16am

    re the comment on housing: just for complete accuracy (and if I don’t point this out them someone less charitable will)….here in South Lakeland from our Council Plan are the following words….(and we are well on target to achieve our goal)
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    •we will through our South Lakeland Housing Strategy continue to work with private housing developers to maximise delivery of new market and affordable homes on allocated housing sites, including the creation of 1000 new affordable homes for rent from the period 2014 to 2025.

  • Peter – I doubt anybody on here thinks the party is in a marvellous shape.
    However a month out from a General Election, indepth critical analysis will actually do more harm than good.
    We’ve got to get behind our candidates and work hard spreading the Liberal message. The last thing we want to see on the premier Lib Dem site after a day of footslogging are a bunch of articles telling us what we have done is pointless.
    There will be a post mortem after May 8th when we will all have our various rants, but the time is not now.

  • Fiona White 6th Apr '15 - 8:35am

    Peter – We are quite rightly proud of the good things we have achieved as part of the coalition government. In fact, they are so good that the Tories are now trying to take the credit for them despite their criticism when we put them forward in our manifesto before the 2010 election.
    We are capable of self-criticism when we get it wrong. Indeed, we have often been very forthright about our mistakes. If you examine the record of any of the political parties over the last 5 years, all have made mistakes. This is the time for us to report back to voters on our achievements as part of the coalition and to tell them about our plans for the future. I think Tim has been doing a good job of that and long may he and all our (former) MPs and candidates keep on doing that.

  • •we will through our South Lakeland Housing Strategy continue to work with private housing developers to maximise delivery of new market and affordable homes on allocated housing sites, including the creation of 1000 new affordable homes for rent from the period 2014 to 2025.

    Responsible Liberal Democrats with real power to improve the lives of ordinary people and doing that.
    Exercising power to for the benefit of the whole community! So much better than playing Wesymnster games propping up Cameron and his UKIP pals.

  • Peter Watson 6th Apr '15 - 10:12am

    @Peter “What I find a little odd about this site is that almost every post, all the year round, has the same, self-congratulatory tone.”
    That is very much the case with the articles, but not the threads beneath them. In fact, the more “self-congratulatory” the article, the more the initial posts seem to react against it. This is probably inevitable since people are more likely to respond to something with which they disagree. I often think the editors on LDV should allow or write a few more articles that criticise the party which might inspire a new bunch of usual suspects to reply with post about how, in fact, everything is awesome.

  • John Tilley “Exercising power to for the benefit of the whole community! So much better than playing Wesymnster games propping up Cameron and his UKIP pals.”

    Ignoring the garbled syntax, whilst 1000 homes is very nice, practically speaking it’s p***ing in the wind. Getting the opportunity both to enact our policies and reduce the impact of our opponents through the real power of a coalition government in Westminster is a far more profound and beneficial impact on real people’s lives.

  • John Minard 6th Apr '15 - 10:31am

    Brave! He forgot brave! Moderate, sensible, compassionate and brave!

  • Jonathan Pile 7th Apr '15 - 12:26pm

    This is the best speech by a Liberal Democrat this year, and Paddy Ashdown ought to be taking notes on how to stand behind the party despite being unfairly sniped at.

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