Farron’s first Sunday media marathon

Tim is doing the media rounds this morning with interviews on Marr, Murnaghan (at 10:20) and John Pienaar (at 10:35).

Here are some tweets from his Marr appearance:

adding that he wanted them to join the Liberal Democrats to fight the Tories on the appalling things that they are planning on doing.

I will update this post as his marathon continues…

And, now Murnaghan. Again, he was unequivocally strong on LGBT+ equality. He quite rightly said he wasn’t going to get into answering questions that were related to theology because he didn’t want to spend the next five years doing that when he’s the leader of a Liberal Party. It’s like he took my and Andy Hinton’s entirely unsolicited advice.

And while he was clear that Labour are authoritarian, he said that progressive types needed to work together:

The Pienaar’s Politics interview covered different ground and Tim came out with the line of the morning in relation to a question on whether we would be prepared to break the Salisbury Convention. This is the idea that the Lords support measures that were in the government’s manifesto. Tim made it clear that a government exercising disproportionate power on the basis of a minority of the vote was fair game:

This is exactly the positioning we need to take. Tim said we wouldn’t be destructive or reckless, but we would oppose where necessary. We are, after all, a radical, insurgent party.

He made it clear that while deficit reduction was sensible, investment in infrastructure during a period of very low interest rates was needed.

He’d be happy to have Nick Clegg in his team, he said, but there seemed to be doubt in his voice about whether Nick would accept it.

He was also asked about what the likes of Paddy had said about him not having judgement. He replied by saying that they were all working together and that he’d been speaking to Paddy 20 minutes before about Syria.

And he repeated what he’d said during the leadership campaign:

I should probably mention that Pienaar’s team had clearly put a lot of effort into finding an appropriate introduction. Tim disarmed it though, by saying that he couldn’t have wished for a better warm-up.

I can’t wait to see what the Glee Club does with this. For those who don’t know, the Glee Club is the traditional last night of Conference get together where we sing rude songs.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • It was remarkable how he got ISIS, FOI, LGBT and the selling of housing association property into every reply.

  • Peter Thornton 19th Jul '15 - 12:59pm

    Just like the Tories got “Long a Term Economic Plan” into every reply in every interview of the election campaign. You have to hammer the message and make sure the message is your message. I hope we’ve learned that now.

  • I don’t think liberal values are necessarily unpopular. However many people who may hold broadly liberal values are, rightly or not, very concerned about immigration. It also needs to be acknowledged that the traditional bread and butter of politics for most people is the economy and public services.

  • Frank

    Spot on, banging on about liberal values is a minor sport great for the 8% core vote, but doesn’t resonate with the vast majority of voters who want to hear about issues like immigration ,welfare & the economy.

    How many times was snoopers charter, votes for prisoners, FOI et al in the to 10 of voters concerns?

  • Adam Bernard 19th Jul '15 - 1:45pm

    Having a mix of the things most people already care about and the things that you want to bring to their attention seems a shrewd move. I think Tim is good at explaining the relationship between economy/housing/public services and liberalism, that we’re about more than *just* traditional civil liberties like communications privacy/drugs/FOI.

  • Stephen Donnelly 19th Jul '15 - 2:07pm

    Tim’s first job is to reunite and re-enthuse the party. In his interviews today he has done that by emphasising the things that unite us. He is providing the clearest voice of opposition to the Tories. A good start. Time for everyone to get behind him.

  • John Farrand-Rogers 19th Jul '15 - 3:08pm

    If I heard aright, one of the lines in the song was “He´s having lots of fun!” I´ll go along with that!

    And if we win the children´s vote, their parents will follow!

  • Well if Farron thinks that the Scotland is in the grip sod Orwellian authoritarianism as he said on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday he is not the person to rebuild the Lib Dems in Scotland. The SNP have not armed the police, there is no plan to introduce ID cards ( thats a reserved matter anyway) and so on. I’m afraid that if he is being briefed by Scottish LDs on this basis the party is heading for another awful election result in 2016.

  • Richard Underhill 20th Jul '15 - 4:47pm

    Possibly the Glee Club might be singing “Losing Deposits” again, although it does not apply to local government and the vote required for retention was dropped from 12.5% to 5%.

  • David Pollard 21st Jul '15 - 6:10pm

    Well Hireton, if the SNP didn’t arm the police, who did? And allowed the police to stop and search CHILDREN?

  • Simon Banks 24th Jul '15 - 8:23pm


    Several surveys show that about 30% of the electorate share liberal values. In other words, they don’t demonise immigrants or benefit recipients and care about civil liberties, the environment and equality. Turning 8% into 30% would be a pretty good start.

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