Liberator 416 is out

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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

The Liberal Democrats face peril if they let voters think they are the same thing as Labour and fail to fight Starmers party, says Gwyneth Deakins

THE SCANDAL OF THE FOOD BANKS

People in poverty are having to rely on donated food to get enough to eat. Margaret Lally looks at what drives them to food banks and how social security should change

SELLERSMARKET.

The Tories are supposed to believe in for markets, so why wont they let public sector workers secure what they are worth, asks William Tranby

WHATS GONE WRONG WITH MATERNITY SERVICES?

Its groundhog day in hospitals as each maternity scandal inquiry leads to a lack of action and reform, says Nadia Higson

TIME TO GET TOUGH ON TURKEY

President Erdogan is eroding Turkish democracy and allowing terrorists to kidnap and murder civilians in neighbouring countries, says Rebecca Tinsley

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Does an international system to combat tax evasion help tyrants and jeopardise LGBT communities, ask Grahame Jackson and Harriet Brown

OBITUARY:  ROBERT WOODTHORPE BROWNE

Phil Bennion pays tribute to a pillar of international liberalism

Reviews

Partnership & Politics in a Divided Decade

By Vince Cable and Rachel Smith

Pandemic Diaries

By Matt Hancock

Show Me The Bodies; how we let Grenfell happen

By Peter Apps

Invasion: Russias Bloody War and Ukraines Fight for Survival

By Luke Harding

Russias War on Everybody, and What it Means for You

By Keir Giles

Ted Kennedy, A Life

By John A Farrell

The Dragon Daughter and other Lin Lan Fairy Tales

Edited and translated by Juwen Zhang

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3 Comments

  • Mel Borthwaite 11th Feb '23 - 4:42pm

    David Green from Southport has made an interesting contribution via the letters section where he raises the question of the current lack of a democratic route to independence for voters in Scotland and suggestion a mechanism by which this could be resolved. As I say, an interesting contribution, and not just for the suggestion itself – also for the fact that a unionist political party, that prides itself on believing in democratic values, is willing to consider the need for a democratic route to independence even though they would campaign against that option. Thanks for the contribution to this important debate.

  • Ed The Snapper 11th Feb '23 - 5:51pm

    ‘Ted Kennedy: A Life’ That sounds interesting. Be interested to see how it is possible to spin that Ted was in any way a worthwhile human being.

  • Peter Watson 12th Feb '23 - 10:57pm

    I was surprised by the news item about David Campanale, and I remember quite a heated discussion on this site over a year ago (https://www.libdemvoice.org/focus-on-tories-in-sutton-and-cheam-69599.html). The controversy reminds me of Tim Farron’s “sin-gate”.
    Is it difficult to be both a Christian (or member of any religion) and a Lib Dem? Would one have to compromise the ideals of one of those two clubs?

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