New issue of Liberator out now

Liberator Feb 2015 coverThe latest 32-page issue of Liberator, the independent radical liberal magazine, is on its way to subscribers.

This issue will also be on sale at spring conference in Liverpool.

Live sample contents from Liberator 370 online are:

Commentary, on how the Lib Dems’ appear to be positioning themselves as the only party with no distinctive profile in the general election.

The lead story from Radical Bulletin is on whether, in the event of another coalition, the ‘triple lock’ is now quite what it appears to be.

The sample feature Survivors’ Guide, sees Roger Hayes suggest how Lib Dem candidates can avoid the worst of the bucket of ordure voters are about to tip over them.

Lord Bonkers shares a secret message he has received at his Rutland mansion from Paddy Ashdown.

Other articles not yet online are:

COALITION REFLECTIONS – how were the last five years for Alex Marsh, Gordon Lishman Caron Lindsay and Matthew Huntbach?

GARDEN OF DELIGHTS – Mark Smulian reviews Nick Harvey’s booklet on lessons from the errors made in the 2010 coalition negotiations.

OBITUARY: JEREMY THORPE – Michael Meadowcroft weighs the career of the former Liberal leader.

HELPING TO SPREAD ELECTION FEVER, OR FUTILITY? Rebecca Tinsley asks whether elections are always good for Africa.

PUTIN’S WAR ON EUROPE’S EASTERN EDGE – Kiron Reid reports on his observation work in eastern Ukraine.

GRIDLOCK IN WASHINGTON – Dennis Graf on how compromise is out in the American political system.

MUTED JAZZ Sophie Bridger and Robbie Simpson criticise the presence of proponents of Azerbaijan at Lib Dem conferences.

OUT OF THE SMOKE – Sarah Green says the crumbling Palace of Westminster could be replaced outside London.

ALL IN THE MIND – Claire Tyler points the next steps for the Lib Dem campaign on mental health.

Please note that we are now using the website:

www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

and the email address;

[email protected]

This website also contains back numbers (which are free to view), information about Liberator and a sample from the Liberator Songbook.

Subscriptions are £25 a year. The site contains details of how to pay by cheque, bank transfer or standing order. PayPal is not working at present but we hope to restore this.

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3 Comments

  • The commentary entitled ‘Less of the Same’ is actually a pretty sober and balanced analysis of where the Party finds itself and well worth a read. I find little that I would contest. It also points out that despite their poll ratings, UKIP and the Greens are likely to end up with nothing to show for it.

    The discussion about the ‘triple lock’ on a coalition agreement, raising more questions than answers, gives the impression that agreement on a further coalition would be well nigh impossible and that even an abstention to allow a minority government to take power could be contentious. Unless there are illiberal structures within the Party that can mandate how individual MPs vote, I think this last point is pushing the problem too far. Nonetheless, the article raises the problems of a requirement for a two thirds majority: a simple but inadequate majority would leave the Party in a messy kind of limbo.

  • Martin Land 16th Feb '15 - 6:55pm

    The Chisel would be a vast improvement on Connect. Where do we sign up?

  • Tony Greaves 17th Feb '15 - 3:22pm

    Michael Meadowcroft’s extended biography of Jeremy Thorpe is excellent and a good counter to some of the spun rubbish that appeared after his death, here and elsewhere. Worth the subscription on its own.

    Tony

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