The vision for a Liberal Britain needs to be ours!

Your Liberal BritainAs a dyslexic, I am probably not the best person to write anything as others are often much more gifted and fluent with the written word than me. As someone educated at a comprehensive school, I’ve enjoyed the benefits of a fairly well rounded education. As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I have gone through some struggles, and I know I am not the only one who has had to overcome impediments in order to cope with life. I really appreciate those who, for whatever reason, have had barriers (that I know in a truly Liberal Britain wouldn’t be in their way), and have been able to overcome and unlock their potential.

So many people in the Liberal Democrats have stories of overcoming adversity and making a difference. I believe that this is why many of us are part of Team Lib Dem. A good start to making a Liberal Britain would be to celebrate our Lib Dems members’ achievements and then invest in helping them to advance to whatever their next level is. We are the party of education and our human capital is our most precious asset. We have often worked our volunteers hard at by-elections, but if we give more thought to investing in them, then we can expect to earn dividends of a more Liberal future.

Mike Zack Liberal BritainMy vision for a Liberal Britain is one that is shared. One where everyone feels a part ownership of a society that we all can pull together for. One that represents our local area, be it rural or urban, and is both active nationally and internationally. One that celebrates the individual’s freedom within an inclusive and supportive community, in short, a Lib Dem family. Indeed, the idea of this collective movement for Human Rights, freedom, and fairness, makes me happy!

It remains all about putting people first, being centred in meeting their needs, and balancing competing demands. Equality includes targeting resources at those who need them most.

Liberal Democrats’ pragmatic attitude of getting things done and finding a way despite obstacles is our strength. Often we get too busy doing this to remember to communicate what we are doing. Too often in politics the best outcome on a contentious issue is a least worst decision with which many people are unsatisfied. At times like this communication, and the establishing of a shared understanding is vital, or people will only hear our critics to their, and our, shared deprivation.

We need to show that there is a better way, a Liberal alternative like Justin Trudeau is doing in Canada, and as Nick Clegg did in his rousing and passionate speech after the 2015 General Election results. Like our actionman leader, overcoming floods even at the cost of his car – he still comes to you to share the Social Democratic actions and Liberalism values that Tim Farron lives and breathes!

Mike Liberal BritainInclusiveness – making special efforts to ensure everyone may participate and be enabled to contribute is important. Whoever you are, whatever your background experiences of learning disabilities, mental health, race, class, abuse, physical ability, sensory perception, HIV status, ex-offenders, whether you are struggling with addiction, comfortable, or in transition, are you ready to offer more to the community by stepping up and getting more involved in politics? I believe you are essential and you have a vital role in making Liberal Britain more Liberal.

We will create more opportunities to be viral in our contagious offer of helping others and inspiring people to find common cause to be fellow Lib Dems.

Unperturbed by adversity, austerity and apathy, together we can forge a Liberal Britain to be proud of!

This piece is part of the Your Liberal Britain series of posts here on Lib Dem Voice. Everyone can take part – why not send in your own vision for Liberal Britain? 
Your Liberal Britain is a grassroots initiative launched and run by new members of the party, inviting every Lib Dem to help explain what the party stands for. We all know we want to build a fair, free and open society – but what would it actually look like? And why should anyone care?
To take part, simply write 500 words in response to the question ‘What would a truly Liberal Britain look like, and what improvements would it bring to people’s lives?“, and send it to [email protected], mentioning ‘Liberal Britain’ in the subject line.
To get inspiration for your post, read others in the series, and take a look at all these ideas that other members have submitted to Your Liberal Britain. You can also get involved by hosting a simple discussion evening with your local party – everything you need to run one is right here.
 

 

* Mike Beckett is a charity campaigner and community leader from Yorkshire with a vested interest is putting people first.

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5 Comments

  • Thank you first to Liberal Britain for asking the questions about ones Liberal Vision for the future and secondly to Liberal Democrat Voice for featuring my response, much appreciated!

  • I remained Liberal but my party left me to woo first Social Democrats (ie the right-on lefties) and then Greens. The former wasn’t so bad, if utterly pointless, but the latter dalliance has helped destroyed our energy infrastructure to attempt to appease folk that won’t be happy until we have all returned to living in caves after having depopulated by 90%.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 31st Mar '16 - 5:29pm

    Michael
    You underestimate your ability to inspire ,in writing or not , if you think your dyslexia is an impediment , think again, for this is one of the most positive and heartfelt pieces I have read on here ! You are so right in what you say and how you say it .I intend to contribute to this very worthwhile process, meanwhile , Liberal Britain, in name and action, has a champion in you !

  • Jim Williams 1st Apr '16 - 10:30am

    Great piece Mike! All of us in the Your Liberal Britain team have been talking about it. Very inspirational. Thanks so much for taking part.

  • JamesG I am glad you remain Liberal, sustainability is good and makes sense economically.
    Lorenzo ::Blush:: I really appreciate your feedback, it was very touching and has made me wear a beaming smile, since I read it!
    Jim if it gets people talking and thinking then I achieved my purpose, if it inspires then it’s an unexpected bonus!

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