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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 AvatarTonyH 20th Nov - 6:48pm
    Nice article, and you obviously had a great win. But I would gently take issue with #3. I don't think many of the traditional campaigners...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 20th Nov - 6:45pm
    I presume that 7 is not saying -" dont ever stand paper candidates", merely that we all need to think seriously about what we are...
  • User AvatarDavid Blake 20th Nov - 6:35pm
    I'm slightly concerned that the opposition will get hold of it and use it to win more seats...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 20th Nov - 6:24pm
    And where we don't work we never win, nor do we deserve to. I prefer item 7. "To put people off. I implore you not...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 20th Nov - 5:43pm
    @Graham Evans As the article linked to makes clear, it is background research that forms an input to the Independent Commission on Referendums, not the...
  • User AvatarJennie 20th Nov - 5:39pm
    " To debunk the myth of “where we work we win”, which is gold-plated nonsense. " Thank Cthulhu for that. This one has been one...