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The 1983 election: highlights and hindsight

I spent more of my bank holiday than is healthy watching the rerun of the 1983 election on BBC Parliament.

When I lived through it, I was an innocent and idealistic 15 year old. I really believed people would be so outraged that the Alliance had polled 7 million votes, finishing marginally behind Labour but with about a ninth of their seats. As Shirley Williams said, it was “absolute rubbish.” Surely we would have PR within a decade?

Thirty years on, it depresses me that we are no further forward. Westminster remains the last bastion of first past the post, for Scots …

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Nick Clegg’s speech to Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference

Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference started yesterday in Inverness and runs until tomorrow (Sunday). Nick Clegg addressed Conference yesterday afternoon; here is his speech in full:

Liberals from the Highlands and Islands have always been at the heart of our party. From the late great Jo Grimond and Russell Johnston, great leaders like Bob Maclennan, Charles Kennedy and Jim Wallace in Scotland, to our current team at Westminster, Highland and Island voices have shaped who the Liberal Democrats are.

In Danny Alexander and Alistair Carmichael, I have Liberals from the Highlands and Islands with me right at the heart of British Government. …

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  • User AvatarBruce Marsland 15th Dec - 6:57pm
    We do seem politically very naive, don't we? Whether it's winning votes in university constituencies and then doing the infamous u-turn on tuition fees, or...
  • User AvatarTom Harney 15th Dec - 6:54pm
    Thank you David and Laurence, it seems that I have to read the right newspapers - or their websites - to see things that the...
  • User AvatarTom Harney 15th Dec - 6:49pm
    Thank you, Laurence. My belief was for a long time that this idea of community politics was something which was attractive to all members. OK...
  • User AvatarLaurence Cox 15th Dec - 6:48pm
    @David Allen See my posting at 12:45pm above.
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 15th Dec - 6:44pm
    Why has nobody mentioned https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/14/lib-dems-warned-not-to-back-december-election-vince-cable-tim-farron Those who cannot learn tough lessons from history will be condemned to repeating them.
  • User AvatarTom Harney 15th Dec - 6:34pm
    My comment to Mark. I do understand what the theory is about seeing contributions in advance. It certainly didn’t happen in the case of the...
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