The fourth part of a ConHome series this week on Levelling Up as the Government’s White Paper nears publication.
A key problem for Farron’s party is that Labour is competitive among young people – many of whom have not forgiven it for tuition fees.
Their opponents often deploy arguments that are simply out of date.
Not just in terms of personnel, but in terms of age.
And the Liberal Democrats are grossly over-represented in the Lords. So no Lord Cable of Bushy Park, please, and no Lord Davey of Bentalls.
At our Post-Election Conference, UKIP’s only MP was put on the spot, and others were applauded as they outlined great things which can now be achieved.
The traditional function of the third party in British politics has been to sweep up the protest vote, thus protecting the parties of power
“I notice that Standard and Poor is expressing quite serious worries on that front.”
“We’re very pleased about the way this has been priced and valued. The whole purpose of this exercise is to think long term.”
I wrote yesterday about the fundamental division within the Lib Dems between the Liberals and the SDP: “Any political party is a coalition of sorts – we Conservatives certainly have plenty of tribes of our own, who disagree about plenty of issues. But Lib Demmery is a more divided creed than most. Having been […]
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