One word to sum up the Liberal Democrats

The Telegraph asked members at our recent Liverpool conference to sum up the Liberal Democrats in one word. Here is the video they made which features, among others, Paddy Ashdown, the LDDA’s Gemma Roulston, Scarborough PPC Mike Beckett, Hinckley and Bosworth PPC Michael Mullaney and Ealing’s Joanna Dugdale. What would your word be? Mine would be radical to reflect that we are anti-establishment reformers at heart.

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  • ‘Dreamers’.

    And you can take that positively or negatively, depending on where you stand.

  • Stephen Campbell 7th Apr '15 - 3:00pm


  • Chris Rennard 7th Apr '15 - 3:10pm

    Freedom is the best single word – and what we mean by it is explained by the words of the constitution of the Liberal Party that I joined when it stays that “no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity”

  • Duplicitous.

  • This week my guess is that Liberal Democrats fall into two camps.

    The first who have been busy campaigning for weeks and months would probably be described by the word –

    The second group – who don’t conform to the views set out in The Economist interview this week – would probably best be described as –

  • Stephen Howse 7th Apr '15 - 3:24pm


  • Freedom

    Ah, another word that can be used in a positive or negative sense to mean different things.

  • matt (Bristol) 7th Apr '15 - 4:26pm


  • Outmanoeuvred

  • Hopeful.

  • Impractical.

  • Stephen Hesketh 7th Apr '15 - 5:48pm


  • Kevin McNamara 7th Apr '15 - 6:29pm

    So irrelevant you apparently sought out this website to express that.

  • Disappointing.

  • Alex Sabine 7th Apr '15 - 7:03pm


  • matt (Bristol) 7th Apr '15 - 7:23pm


  • optimistic (“we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake”)

  • John Minard 7th Apr '15 - 8:02pm


  • Philip Rolle 7th Apr '15 - 9:14pm


  • Philip Rolle 7th Apr '15 - 9:14pm

    BTW this thread wasn’t a good idea.

  • jedibeeftrix 7th Apr '15 - 9:54pm


  • Stephen Hesketh 7th Apr '15 - 9:56pm

    I am shocked to find that certain colleagues haven’t posted ‘TTIP’ or ‘Heathrow’ !!!

  • They got me – famous for about 2 seconds! 🙂

  • Peter Watson 7th Apr '15 - 10:23pm


  • Stevan Rose 7th Apr '15 - 10:30pm


  • Stephen Hesketh 7th Apr '15 - 10:48pm

    Stevan Rose 7th Apr ’15 – 10:30pm


  • Eddie Sammon 7th Apr '15 - 11:44pm


    It winds me up. Commentators from the left and the right are writing off the Lib Dems, not because it is accurate commentary, but because they wish it to be true.

    Just reading a Spectator liveblog about the Scottish leader’s debate and they are sneering at us. As many do. But they are wrong to underestimate us and appear to have short memories.

  • Jane Ann Liston 8th Apr '15 - 12:13am


  • Samuel Griffiths 8th Apr '15 - 1:08am

    “Peter Watson 7th Apr ’15 – 10:23pm

    I think I would go with that also, yes. I suppose the question also hinged in whether we are discussing the Liberal Democrats as a group (eg: the voters, members, campaigners, etc) or the Liberal Democrats as a party (Clegg and friends, etc).

  • As a lifelong Lib Dem voter, my one word for the party under Clegg is “underwhelming”

  • @Alex Sabine “Resilient.”

    Nick Clegg, is that you?

  • Untrustworthy.

  • Bottle

  • Change

  • Service

  • Tony Rowan-Wicks 8th Apr '15 - 5:59pm

    Watching ………………….the spivs who invade our party because it is open – not like theirs !

  • Stevan Rose 8th Apr '15 - 10:56pm

    @Stephen Hesketh.

    Knew you’d like that one!

  • Stephen Hesketh 9th Apr '15 - 9:38pm

    Back with another one … as uttered several times by John Pugh during a meeting this evening … Fairness!

    Personal, political, social and economic Liberalism should all be fair.

    If these areas are not all fair, whatever it is, it certainly isn’t the authentic preamble Liberalism this party seeks to uphold and extend.

    I commend ‘Fairness’ to the LDV forum.

  • I’ll stick with… “People”

    BTW the seat i’m standing in is Scarborough and Whitby although I like to include the Esk Valley as its in the seat too!

    Warm regards

    Mike Beckett

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