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Opinion: The importance of social liberalism

The debate regarding the importance and roles of ‘social’ and ‘economic’ liberalism can, on occasion, be misrepresented. Whether deliberate or incidental the relationship between the two philosophies can sometimes be presented as discrete, zero-sum options. I believe they should be considered as dialectic.

In The Orange Book, a publication that is almost Frankensteinian in how it’s perceived and what it actually contains, David Laws offers definitions for social and economic liberalism, that broadly serve well in discussion, they are:

    economic liberalism: ‘the belief in the value of free trade, open competition, market mechanisms, and the effectiveness of the

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Jonathan Fryer’s Diary of a Euro-candidate

Saturday
Most of the day is spent at the Keynes Forum Policy Conference at LSE, at which one of the sessions is specifically about the European elections, or at least the interlinked campaign themes of the economy and the environment. Both Sharon Bowles (South East) and Fiona Hall (North East) are MEPs who know their briefs intimately, which is reassuring and underlines the value of electing people willing to specialise in specific fields. But through conversations during coffee breaks it becomes clear to me that local activists are really thirsting for simply-worded, bite-sized Euro-items they can just slot into their Focuses. …

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  • User AvatarDav 17th Jan - 10:48am
    allowing those that want to deepen integration to move ahead, while respecting the wish of those who do not want to deepen any further What...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 17th Jan - 10:40am
    @ Sheila Gee, You're quite right to say "Since the Euro, the only reform now possible, is for power, sovereignty, money printing and tax management...
  • User AvatarDav 17th Jan - 10:32am
    Yes a sort of Advertising Standards Agency for political parties And how exactly would you guarantee that such a thing would be and remain free...
  • User AvatarSheila Gee 17th Jan - 10:21am
    nvelope2003 “It us up to you what you do in private but anyone who wants to export to an EU country will have to comply...
  • User Avatarmatt 17th Jan - 10:19am
    @Philip Knowles Did you read the paper that I linked to? It was commissioned by the EU parliament. It is very informative and sets out...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 17th Jan - 10:12am
    nvelop2003 Are you a Liberal Democrat voter ? If you are, I'd be fascinated to know how you differentiate your usual neo-liberal stance from right...