Introducing Liberator

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liberator-2Liberator has been called many things. “A trashy rag run off on a duplicator” (David Steel), “a small bunch of idiots” (Mark Oaten), more positively as ,“long may it continue to interest us” (Paddy Ashdown), and perhaps best getting to the point, from former MP Michael Meadowcroft: “Liberalism needs outlets for its ideas, opinions and polemics; it has far too few. Liberator is a vital regular vehicle for radical opinion.”

While our pages are open to all, Liberator is a magazine with a point of view in and around the Liberal Democrats. It came from the left of the old Liberal party and is firmly on the social liberal wing of the Liberal Democrats now. We don’t claim we are always right; we do hope to be interesting.

Liberator’s news section Radical Bulletin seeks to shine some light into dark corners of the party’s committees and actions by officers, and explain why some of the odder things that occur in the party happen.

In each issue you’ll find articles – some you’ll like, some you’ll violently disagree with – on what’s going on in the party, in politics generally and on international topics.

Recent contributors have included: Gordon Lishman, one of the originators of community politics; parliamentarians Tony Greaves and Claire Tyler; and former ALDE European Parliament group leader Sir Graham Watson.

Each issue also features the thoughts of ‘Lord Bonkers’ – an Edwardian Liberal MP still writing from his Rutland estate.

Unusually for a publication produced by a volunteer collective, Liberator has been going for 45 years, having started as a newspaper of the Young Liberals in 1970. It’s been through various incarnations to its present one – still in print to, we hope, provide a more reflective read than can blogs and websites.

Liberator costs £25 a year and is also available for Kindles and iPads. You can subscribe here, though note that for various complicated reasons PayPal is not at present available.

Our back issues are available free here, along with a sample of each current issue.

And if you’re thinking of coming to conference you’ll want the Liberator Songbook to join in at the Glee Club from one of the most comprehensive collections of political songs available.

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