Liberator questionnaire to Lamb and Farron

Issue 372 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers and takes a hard look at the lessons to be learnt from the fiasco of 7 May.

For the free sample content for this issue we’ve done something different from normal and posted Tim Farron’s and Norman Lamb’s answers to the questionnaire we sent them. You can see their answers here.

We aimed to try to get responses that shed some light on where they think the party stands now and what sort of party they want to lead, rather than opinions on specific policy issues. Both were given the same questions and allowed up to 1,500 words to use as they chose to answer them.

The questions were:

1. The general election has exposed the Liberal Democrat core vote at only 7.9% of the electorate. Should the party continue to maintain it can ‘win everywhere’ or build a core vote, and if so from where should a core vote be built?

2. What are you most proud of among the Coalition’s actions, and least proud?

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. Nick Clegg has frequently been criticised for surrounding himself with advisers inexperienced in practical politics. From where would you draw your advice?

5. Some argue the recent general election campaign was fought as a centrist party aiming to blunt the actions of others, rather than on Lib Dem policies. What did you think of it, and what you do differently in future?

6.What should be the Liberal Democrat response to the rise of Scottish and English nationalism?

7. Would you regard your election as leader as a mandate to take the party in a  particular direction, and if so, what?

In the rest of the magazine we have reflections on the election, and what should be done to begin recovery, from: Roger Hayes, Jennie Rigg, Gordon Lishman, Michael Meadowcroft, Fran Oborski and many others.

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22 Comments

  • Link to answers is broken

  • As Jennie says, the link is broken.

    Classic Liberator 😉 (said with love and affection)

  • Nonconformistradical 21st Jun '15 - 9:49am
  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 21st Jun '15 - 10:08am

    Thanks. Have now fixed the link in the article.

  • Eddie Sammon 21st Jun '15 - 11:49am

    Some of the best questions of the campaign are in this article. Thanks Liberator.

    When it comes to advisers: I agree they should be more diverse, but my main concern would be bringing on someone completely no nonsense. I am worried that Tim and Norman are actually very similar and if the party surrounds itself with people who are very similar in outlook then it might be a problem.

  • Mark Smulian 21st Jun '15 - 11:54am

    Not quite sure of the problem as I’ve made it work.
    The link is:
    http://liberatormagazine.org.uk/en/document/liberator-372-lib-dem-leader-candidates-questionnaire.pdf
    Or it can simply be downloaded by scrolling down to the relevant place on:
    http://Www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

  • No questions on the economy (and austerity in particular) or the benefit cuts. None on what they think of Nick Clegg’s view that the only way to escape poverty is through social mobility.
    I point this out because I often wonder if Nick Clegg’s critics understand what happened during the Coalition?
    Alternatively maybe I have got it wrong instead?
    Well I have asked these questions and not had a reply so far.
    Liberator obviously has more clout than I do, so I look forward to seeing their responses.

  • Must admit that as a Lamb supporter I am disconcerted by his tuition fees answer. Feels much more like Tim gets it.

  • Phil Beesley 21st Jun '15 - 12:51pm

    Question 1 (about building a core vote) was excellent but I don’t think either candidate answered it. Tim Farron came close when noting that the eight winners represent diverse constituencies, that Lib Dem voters can be found everywhere.

    But the core vote was insufficient to save a deposit in too many seats. How many deposits were lost? If we take away “target seats” where we were defending or theoretically challenging, our core vote is much less than 7.9%. Has anyone calculated it?

    The national campaign (between elections too) is supposed to bolster the core vote and to reinforce local work. It failed. I don’t expect the candidates to solve this in a brief Q & A exercise but I expect honesty.

  • These questions are really good but the answers from both candidates are not. I’m a supporter of Tim Farron but I have to say I am disappointed. On the question of tuition fees for instance, neither of them tackle the very real problem of what should be done now. If the Party and the new Leader especially, fails to confront this issue as the albatross it is around the Party’sneck, it will fail to regain trust from voters with long memories. Just as Labour has failed to regain trust on the economy, the Lib Dems need to rebuild trust in the Party’s integrity. The onus is greater on Norman on this issue as he broke the Pledge but his response to this is really meagre. He needs to do a ‘mea culpa’ in my opinion.

    Also, I am very disappointed that neither of them mention Secret Courts as things they think the Lib Dems got wrong in the Coalition.

  • Liberator got to the basic differences between the candidates. Both are good Lib Dems but there is clear water between them at last. As democrats, we wait to support the new leader – every member will know it is critical we elect the right one!

  • Mark Inskip 22nd Jun '15 - 1:32pm

    I agree with Tony, this is a very useful set of questions that does help differentiate the two candidates.

  • Julian Tisi 22nd Jun '15 - 2:34pm

    These are great questions – thanks Liberator!

    The answers have just reiterated my belief that a) both candidates are acceptable but b) Tim is the one better able to communicate our values to the people we need to convince. I thought his answers were clearer and more persuasive. So I’m still with Tim.

  • Richard Underhill 23rd Jun '15 - 12:48pm

    Tim Farron and Norman Lamb were on BBC TV today on the Victoria Derbyshire show.
    At the end a small studio audience voted heavily for Tim Farron.

    Norman Lamb had said that he wanted electronic voting for conference.
    He said nothing about the effect on the finances of the party.

  • Phyllis 21st Jun ’15 – 3:07pm …….These questions are really good but the answers from both candidates are not. I’m a supporter of Tim Farron but I have to say I am disappointed. On the question of tuition fees for instance, neither of them tackle the very real problem of what should be done now. If the Party and the new Leader especially, fails to confront this issue as the albatross it is around the Party’sneck, it will fail to regain trust from voters with long memories. Just as Labour has failed to regain trust on the economy, the Lib Dems need to rebuild trust in the Party’s integrity. The onus is greater on Norman on this issue as he broke the Pledge but his response to this is really meagre. He needs to do a ‘mea culpa’ in my opinion……….Also, I am very disappointed that neither of them mention Secret Courts as things they think the Lib Dems got wrong in the Coalition…….

    As far as ‘tuition fees’ go…….We lied once and, no matter what is promised, the electorate will not believe us..
    Secret courts….Again, our leadership said one thing, did another and then ‘flipped’ again…

    What I want is a leader who will accept that party policy “IS PARTY POLICY”………..For the foreseeable future we will not be in any position to affect government policy so let us set out our stall now and insist that our leader accepts that….
    Finally, I’d like to believe that, as a party, we’ve found some ‘guts’ when it comes to calling a leader to account…..A leader who was leading us to disaster was hardly challenged and, despite some on LDV still ‘re-writing history’ , our current state should be evidence enough that allowing him to continue was a monumental error…

  • Phyllis,

    That question was not about tuition fees, but about the pledge. Tim said it was wrong to break the pledge, while Norman said it was wrong to make it… That is clear water between them.

    I agree though that the Party needs a policy on tuition fees going forward. The Tories are going to start changing the existing policy to make it worse and even now it is now more expensive for an English student to go to University than a Californian one… I notice that stories about the effects of the loan hanging over them on graduates are starting to surface, as the first cohort finish.

    @expats: I agree, but Tim did not lie, so there is no reason why people should not believe him…

  • Andrew 23rd Jun ’15 – 2:11pm ……………@expats: I agree, but Tim did not lie, so there is no reason why people should not believe him………..

    It’s not Tim…It’s the party that’s contaminated….

    IMO, as far as the party was concerned, Nick Clegg was a ‘loose cannon’……
    I gave the example of ‘secret courts’ ….In March 2013 , Clegg asked Lib Dem MPs and peers to vote with the coalition in support of the Justice and Security Act…This split the party and, after the outcry, suggested that ‘a better package’ was the answer….. A repeat of his action over the NHS top-down re-organisation, which ended with a bad policy being a little less bad….Both issues cost us members, votes and credibility….

  • Richard Underhill 23rd Jun '15 - 3:27pm

    Relevant to the leadership election and what the next leader will do is Ryan Coetzee’s article on Mark Pack’s blog.

    “Which leaves us with a challenge: we have to find a way to succeed electorally from inside coalition government, despite the structural weakness of our position. To make it easier, we should immediately join forces with everyone who wants a fairer, more democratic electoral system. I find the lack of outrage in the wake of this election about the distribution of seats in the House of Commons puzzling. I understand that people in Britain may be used to it, but what is the point of complaining about the disconnect between electors and elected if the system itself disenfranchises millions?”

    This does not include the EU referendum in 2016 or 2017. When Ryan Coetzee came to Maidstone he said we should campaign on the EU in euro-elections and in a referendum.
    Labour and the SNP will be running separate campaigns, the Tories may have two.
    This affects money, food, war and peace, nuclear energy, … … … the nature of our democracy, … …etc.

  • expats
    “It’s not Tim…It’s the party that’s contaminated….”

    I understand what you’re saying….. and given that both these things statements are undeniably true – we really have only one viable course of action in choosing a leader then don’t we………..

  • Apologies – should read ………. but given that both these things are undeniably true (otherwise it looks like I don’t understand what you’re saying ) 🙂

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