What’s in Liberator Issue 373?

Issue 373 of Liberator is on its way to subscribers and this one’s free sample online content is the Commentary on Tim Farron’s election as Lib Dem leader, and Tony Greaves’ article in which he argues that the party has forgotten how to campaign and must avoiding wasting the potential of its thousand of new members. The full version of Liberator 372 is now also online. See: www.liberatormagazine.org.uk

The new issue also includes:

THE PATH TO PADDY’S HAT – the general election exit poll should not have surprised those who had followed what the market research industry was doing, says Alex Dee

WELLBEING WORKS – Looking at wellbeing provides liberals with route to express their commitment to redistribution, and they should accept the need for state involvement, says Claire Tyler

PLACES THAT DON’T MATTER – The wave of migrants trying to reach Europe is driven by corruption and poverty in misgoverned African states, says Rebecca Tinsley

POWER CHANGES IN NIGERIA – A first peaceful change of power between civilian parties shows Nigeria’s democracy has finally established itself, says Donald Inwalomhe

A LIGHT IN THE MURK – Electoral corruption has been endemic in Tower Hamlets for decades. Now a judge has said the perpetrators cannot hide behind claims of racial prejudice, says Gwyneth Deakins

IGNORING THE EVIDENCE – Why is cannabis for medical use still criminalised leaving sick people in pain, asks Kelly-Marie Blundell

BANNED FOR TOO LONG – Lester Holloway calls on free speech grounds for an end to the ban on Louis Farrakhan visiting the UK

TIME TO TALK – Fran Oborski argued in Liberator 372 that the Liberal Party’s continued existence was pointless. Roger Jenking says it fills a worthwhile role and has an overlap with the Liberal Democrats

LORDS AND LUCRE – Liberal Democrat Federal Finance and Administration Committee chair Peter Dunphy answers his critics over donations policy

Plus reviews, Radical Bulletin and Lord Bonkers’ Diary.

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11 Comments

  • I was surprised to read in Tony Greaves’ article that he has been banned from this site. As someone who doesn’t either read the articles or post here every day I wonder if those running this site have informed the readers why they have banned one of our members who is held in high esteem?

    I also wonder if a ban is a life-time ban or if it can be removed?

    Personally I have always liked it that Tony Greaves, a member of the House of Lords, posts here from to time. I am going to miss his contributions even when I disagree with him. (There are so few Parliamentarians who do post here it seems wrong to ban those that do post here.)

  • John Tilley 9th Aug '15 - 4:54pm

    I agree with Michael BG.

    My guess is that some people reading LDV might be shocked / intrigued / surprised if they were to learn how often and how many comments from party members never reach the screen because they have been “banned”.

    Perhaps in the interests of open government, freedom of speech and all those other quaint Liberal Democrat ideas, thebmoderators at LDV might for just one week publish the numbers of comments and or individuals “banned” ?

    I should add that I am not an objective observer of this as my comments have on occasion disappeared. 🙂

  • John Roffey 9th Aug '15 - 5:52pm

    John Tilley 9th Aug ’15 – 4:54pm

    John – I am a bit lost – do you know who the final arbiter is on LDV – since Stephen Tall gave up the editorship?

  • Eddie Sammon 10th Aug '15 - 1:34am

    Liberator would be better if there was less sneering. Just checked out Liberator 372 and basically the same arguments can be made without talking down at anyone who doubts the great electoral prospects of social liberalism.

    This doesn’t apply to all the articles, but it applies to the Commentary section at least, which I think is basically the editorial.

  • Eddie Sammon 10th Aug '15 - 1:58am

    Just read the Commentary for 373 and it is even worse. Sneering at people who think centrism is a good strategy is one way to alienate a lot of people. Even people who aren’t centrists, such as Poll Toynbee, recognise its strategic merits.

    I’ve said since before the election that the party needs to change radically, so I don’t just believe in continuity from the Coalition era either.

  • Someone who is published in Liberator has clearly not lost their right of free speech, even if they are banned from this particular website. If I had been running Lib Dem Voice I would have had a proper banhammer on the comments system years ago, and some of my best friends would probably have been banned. But it would mean that many many other people who do not feel comfortable even looking below the line here might actually contribute ideas, rather than just ad hominem nastiness, which is most of what I saw coming from the direction of one Lord Greaves.

  • @John Tilley
    You can get WordPress plugins that show real-time statistics on posts, bans, etc. I think if the editors had wanted such facilities public they would of installed something like that by now. 🙂

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