Tag Archives: Liberal Democrats

What Future for Liberalism?

Today has been an interesting day, with a regional review of the recent General Election campaign (from a Liberal Democrat perspective) and then listening to a Radio 4 programme describing a “thirty year itch”. The theory behind the latter was that a consensus is broadly established in British politics which lasts for about 30 years, […]

Street Reactions

This morning I was one of a dynamic duo manning a Lib Dem stall in Wokingham town centre – at least until the clouds opened. Boy, did they open! I’ve only ever seen rain like that in the monsoon in Thailand. While you may think “only 2?”, bear in mind there was also a big march […]

The Toxicity of the Liberal Democrats

I’ve just returned from my first ever party conference. I wrote before about why I joined the Lib Dems, and was fortunate enough to be able to state from the main platform the reason. But it is obvious that the Lib Dems are still seen as traitors for enabling illiberal legislation to be voted through. […]

The Perils of Losing Voters’ Trust

Knowing my interest in all things electoral, my father-in-law gave me a book about social influences on voting behaviour at Christmas. Called Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box, it has a series of short chapters touching on specific aspects. While in Ireland last weekend I read the chapter on how emotions are tied up with […]

The Straw Has Snapped

Theresa May trying hard not to define extremism but insist that it was right that peoples’ human rights should be restricted was not a good start to the morning. Reading David Cameron’s quote –  “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, […]

Oppositions don’t win Elections – Governments Lose Them

This long election campaign seems to have continued the process of tribalising British politics. The social media age encourages us to surround ourselves with views we like and shut out voices we don’t. This feedback loop reinforces our belief that we are right, and insulates us from other opinions. The vast majority of the de-politicised […]