What used to be called the main three Westminster parties (the savaging of the Liberal Democrats and the rise of the SNP have put paid to that convenient shorthand) have faced for at least twenty years the accusation that they are all the same. This call has grown louder since the 2010 General Election, and culminated … More Labour and the Lib Dems Have a Chance to Escape the Neoliberal Curse
The leaders’ debate on Thursday was a vital opportunity for those with progressive politics to gain some traction in the mainstream of political discourse. With the three establishment parties and UKIP joined by the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, those of us on the left had something remarkably close to parity with the … More Leaders Debate Brings Hope For Progressive Politics
In the wake of the Local and European elections, the Liberal Democrats haven’t exactly done well. In the locals, they lost over 300 councillors and control of 2 entire councils. In the Euros, the slaughter was even more impressive – of the eleven MEPs the party won in 2009, only one – Catherine Bearder … More Nick Clegg – Is This the End?
Those who recognised the reference to George Dangerfield’s 1935 treatise on the decline of the Liberal Party, ‘The Strange Death of Liberal England’, take a house point. Shame on the rest of you… The Liberal Democrats are going through what even the most optimistic Cleggite would be forced to describe as a rocky patch. … More The Death of Liberal England?