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What’s inside this issue?

Alongside Radical Bulletin, Commentary and Lord Bonkers’ Diary, Liberator 414 includes:

THE LOUSE AND THE FLEA.

The Tories have made the worst of a bad choice of leader, Nick Winch looks at how to beat them

LOOK AT THE ELEPHANT.

There’s one in the political room, it’s called Brexit. Labour ignores it and the Lib Dems are shy of it. Confront it, says David Grace

FOUR INTO ONE WONT GO

Jonathan Calder concludes from Duncan Brack’s Compass Progressive Alliance publication that this concept cannot work if imposed top down

CRISIS, WHAT CRISIS?

To go by at the Liberal Democrat conference agenda, no crises face the UK and a few detailed changes are all that is needed. Get real, says William Tranby

BUILDING A LIBERAL WORLD

Liberal International can seem remote; Robert Woodthorpe Browne explains its work on human rights, climate justice and international trade.

TWO UKRAINIANS, ONE CAT

Rose Stimson’s Ukrainian guests are now safely in the UK, no thanks to the Home Office.

DEDICATED FOLLOWERS OF FASHION

The latest fad in international development is ‘decolonising aid’, an approach likely to destroy well-functioning local NGOs in developing countries, says Rebecca Tinsley.

AMERICA – CARNAGE OR REDEMPTION

Will America remain a democracy as Donald Trump lurks in the wings for another attempt on the presidency? It all depend son the mid-term elections in November says Martha Elliott.

RUSSIA MEDDLES IN KOSOVOS BALKAN TIMEWARP

Kosovos has dropped from the headlines bur Russia is stirring fresh instability in the western Balkans, says John Martin.

DAVEY BROUGHT TO BOOK

Ed Davey has edited a book of political essays. Susan Simmonds samples the curate’s egg

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

The Lib Dems have lost interest in political visions and have a leader and structure that cannot deliver it, says Michael Meadowcroft.

OBITUARY: RUTH COLEMAN-TAYLOR

Alan Sherwell pays tribute to a Liberal who saw more than 50 years of activism in many roles.

REVIEWS

  • Conservatism: the fight for a tradition by Edmund Fawcett.
  • Dom – the Play
  • Heroes of Environmental Diplomacy, profiles in courage Felix Dodds and Chris Spence (eds)
  • Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence
  • Sealand: the True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation by Dylan Taylor-Lehman
  • Playboy of the Western Word by Lucy Brennan Shiel and Necessary Animals
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7 Comments

  • Michael Meadowcroft’s article on page 28 should be compulsory reading for every party member. Well written and needing to be said, Michael.

  • Absolutely agree with David Raw’s comment.

  • David Blake 17th Sep '22 - 5:36pm

    I agree with David.

  • Steve Trevethan 18th Sep '22 - 7:17pm

    Is our foundation economic policy, as it seems to be, “Nice-Neoliberalism”?
    If it is, then we cannot be assertive Liberals for it is a policy of greed for the wealthy.
    If not, what is it?
    If our social policy is merely to be inoffensive, and consequently directionless, might we be asking to wander further into purposeless decline?

  • Jason Connor 19th Sep '22 - 11:28am

    How can I get a printed copy? I would prefer not to read it all online.

  • Mark Smulian 19th Sep '22 - 10:19pm

    Liberator is no longer printed it is a free download and you can of course print off any of it you wish to.

  • Laurence Cox 21st Sep '22 - 4:09pm

    A good read as always, particularly Michael Meadowcroft’s article, but I want to comment briefly on Tiverton & Honiton. Party members with long memories will recall the Henley by-election of 2008, when the Party ditched local candidate Cllr. Susan Cooper for Stephen Kearney from Plymouth and then attempted to pass him off as a local candidate by the expedient of moving his canal boat to a mooring in the constituency. Some of us, like myself, who campaigned for him still felt that this was pushing the boat out too far.

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