WATCH: Tim Farron’s response to the “sweet and sour” budget

“The sun is shining but the chancellor chooses to knock holes in the roof. Now is the time for ambition.”

“It is time to show those who care for us, those who teach our children, a little more respect.”


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  • A really powerful speech addressed to empy seats. Also the paper he look into all the time brought back nostalgic memories of Comrade Brezhnev (I lived there and then!)

  • Eddie Sammon 16th Mar '16 - 11:19pm

    It’s hard to advise Tim on something he doesn’t know already, so I will just emphasise that he needs to build some national level excitement. Nearly the whole strategy shouldn’t be based on community politics.

    Arrange a personal interview, perhaps with Lib Dem Voice that we can all share that allows him to speak his mind rather than simply official party policies.

    Politics is a difficult business, because we tend to want something for nothing, but at least a personal interview could allow people to get to know the real Tim. It could be done with his top-team too – a diverse one at that.

  • He says a fair bit of good stuff, but he needs to slow down and use less words. He isn’t getting his personality across and even his own MP’s were looking a little bored.

  • A great speech which can be used in leaflets and press releases within constituencies. Proud to be a liberal. Had to be hurried to get in what he wanted. Of course the house was empty but he wasnt talking to opposition MPs he was talking to the broader public.

  • I love the idea for a personal interview, Eddie. We should make it happen…

  • Stephen Howse 17th Mar '16 - 11:13am

    “He says a fair bit of good stuff, but he needs to slow down and use less words. He isn’t getting his personality across and even his own MP’s were looking a little bored.”

    I think this is probably in part a product of him (and his seven colleagues) getting relatively few opportunities to make himself heard in the Commons these days – when he does get called he wants to get the very most out of it that he can, as it might be weeks before he’s called again.

  • Peter Watson 17th Mar '16 - 12:22pm

    I liked what Tim Farron said here, particularly about schools and teachers. He sounds passionate (almost angry) and sincere.

    It’s a crying shame that people are not listening to him or his party. It is also a shame that the party, as viewed through the prism of Lib Dem Voice (which is probably more important than ever given the lack of other coverage the party receives), seems to be more hung up about its internal problems with diversity than it is about the world outside.

  • A Social Liberal 18th Mar '16 - 6:59pm

    Where do you get the empty seats from Igor – we had a huge turnout. The most first timers ever apparently, as a bonus

  • Richard Underhill 24th Apr '16 - 9:55am

    Tim Farron was on the Andrew Marr show on BBC2 on 24/4/2016.
    There was also an interview with President Obama whom Boris Johnson has called a “hypocrite”. This undiplomatic language makes Boris unsuitable to be Prime Minister.
    Reviewing the newspapers was Gillian Tett, well informed and numerate
    and Toby Young, who supports Leave and looks for facts to support his choice.

  • Richard Underhill 24th Apr '16 - 10:42am

    Immigration Officers look for forged passports and banned people.

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