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Opinion: The real split in today’s Liberal Democrats – and how to fix it

As this weekend’s events have proved, the real and fundamental split in the Liberal Democrats of 2013 is not between Liberals and Social Democrats, economic liberalism or social liberalism, centrists and radicals.  It is a real and growing divide between the Party’s leadership and its activists; and that has been thrown into sharp relief by both the result of the Eastleigh by-election and events at Conference.  As Dan Falchikov, with whom I’m in frequent agreement on strategic if not economic issues, highlights, it is an issue that could be very serious if unaddressed.

The reasons for this are broadly twofold.

The …

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  • User AvatarPeter Martin 6th Aug - 2:59pm
    @ David Evans, You could be right in that a Lib Dem or even a Labour govt would have handled it all so much better...
  • User Avatarrichard underhill 6th Aug - 2:17pm
    Hopefully the next Lib Dem leader will avoid the mistake which Paddy Ashdown made of crIticizing one of the previous leaders, despite his fashion in...
  • User AvatarJulian Hawkins 6th Aug - 2:17pm
    Peter - I am one of a small group of GLD members promoting a carbon tax plus dividend in the party, and what you describe...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 6th Aug - 2:16pm
    Peter Martin, you say you don't think a Labour or Lib Dem government would have done any better, but as you know the report into...
  • User AvatarJulian Hawkins 6th Aug - 2:14pm
    David - thanks for your comments. A lot of the work on planning to reduce emissions has already been done, and is in the policy...
  • User AvatarMichael Bukola 6th Aug - 2:13pm
    Thanks for the comments being Made so far. @James - Completely respect the distinction between The Black and White Mistrel Show and the Real McCoy,...