The Heart of the Party: what the LibDems stand for, 1995 version

Back in 1995 the Liberal Democrats under Paddy Ashdown made a video explaining what the party stands for and why people should back it. If you’ve been around in the party a few years you can have some fun spotting familiar faces from 15 years ago (including a young Danny Alexander), and even if not it’s striking how well some of the points have aged:

Also on YouTube here.

Thanks to Pete Dollimore and Rob Fenwick for their help in rescuing this footage from an old video tape.

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  • “Education is everything. For Liberal Democrats it is the soul at the centre of our policies; for this government it’s a source of short-term savings – they believe you won’t mind starving education to death as long as you’ve got some promise of distant tax-cuts to look forward to.”
    Now rendered utterly laughable given the 80% cuts to higher education and hints at tax cuts come 2015 from the likes of earlier-mentioned Danny Alexander.

  • This was in the good old days when we sang “The Land ……God gave the land for the people”. Now we have the Government supported by the Lib Dems flogging off the forests! Great doesn’t that say it all?

  • Brian Dash. Currently, 18% of commercial forests are owned by HMG. Do I take it you’re proposing the nationalisation of the other 82%?

  • Of course not Tabman. Not flogging off what we have doesn’t infer flogging off the rest! But I guess we’ll have to get used to being in the privatisation party.

  • Nicola Prigg 6th Feb '11 - 5:59pm

    Perhaps we need a new video like this.

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