LibLink: Tim Farron: Emmanuel Macron’s victory shows why Britain needs a liberal opposition

Tim Farron has been writing in the Mirror about the example Macron’s victory in France sets for Britain. He doesn’t pretend that it means that the Lib Dems will bound to victory:

So, I won’t try to claim that the success of Macron in France last night means that the Liberal Democrats will win a majority next month.

What is does mean is that there is a place for outward-looking, forward-thing politics.

It means that the far-right can and should be fought and held to account.

It means that we don’t have to settle for the status quo.

In France, Macron has broken through the twentieth century left/right divide of socialism and conservatism to make a clear case for a new liberalism.

The British people can do what our neighbours across the Channel have done and reject the same tired choice between the UKIP-pandering Conservatives and an out-dated Labour party who are still fighting the battles of the 1950s.

That they can, instead, pursue centrist, progressive politics not bound by tired political ideologies.

Like the Lib Dems, Macron’s En Marche have stood on an unashamedly pro-European platform.

Macron understands what Le Pen and May cannot seem to grasp – that in the 21st century, even the largest European countries are safer, stronger and more prosperous working together.

Whether or not that means membership of the EU is debatable, but the rapidity with which May is turning on our European allies shows just how willing she is to compromise the country in pursuit of populism.

And there was a message for Labour voters:

Macron also understands what Corbyn’s Labour party does not – that workers, families and communities will be the ones to suffer in a post-Brexit economy.

The very people that Corbyn purports to represent are those who will carry the burden of his support of Theresa May’s Brexit agenda.


Britain needs a liberal opposition, a party with the same passion and energy as Macron, a party that won’t fall in line behind Theresa May’s hard and divisive Brexit the way that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have.

The Liberal Democrats are that party, the only party willing to stand up to this hard Brexit government: we are the real opposition to the Conservatives

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