Back to the Future…

Wow, three posts in three days. My disdain for the political process is clearly not enough for me to ignore all its ramifications! Of course you decide how much of this, like so many post mortem/what next posts, to give any weight to. The best I can say is that I have never left the…

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Learning from the past

Okay, he was often wrong after he had his appendix out and rejoined the Tories, but in 1908, while fighting that good Liberal seat of Dundee in the by-election of that year, Winston Churchill reminded us that: Liberalism is not Socialism, and never will be. There is a great gulf fixed. It is not only…

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Scottish Secession and Liberalism

Scottish Secession and Liberalism

I haven’t got much involved in discussion about the Scottish independence referendum. My opinion doesn’t fit, as usual, with either “side” in this battle to see which group of elite farm overseers get to control the human livestock that is Scotland’s huddled masses. Instinctively I want to side with those who want to secede from…

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Here it comes: the annual crisis of party conscience

I had sat down to write a piece trying to respond to Jonathan Calder's call for a stronger Liberal Democrat "ideology".  But as, in the process, I was reading and rereading various ways in which people in the party had responded to last week's election results, I began once again to wonder whether I had…

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