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Lord Smith of Clifton writes: trends and tendencies in contemporary UK politics and the future of the Lib Dems

(Preamble: Trevor Smith joined the Liberal Party in 1955 when it had five MPs; he fears he may die with the LibDems having the same number!) The Lib Dems are in a very serious state, possibly facing meltdown of the

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Social Liberal Forum at Conference – Part I – Fairness in a time of Austerity

The centrepiece of Social Liberal Forum’s Conference programme was the debate on Motion F34: Ensuring Fairness in a time of Austerity. Below are the highlights from the excellent discussion that the Motion inspired – full versions of the speeches can

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Did the budget meet my tests?

A brief note, reflecting on the criteria by which I proposed we should judge the budget, now it has sunk in: What is the timescale? 5 years, so this is a clear Conservative victory. I am deeply concerned about this,

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New Demos pamphlet makes the Lib Dem case for equality

In association with The Equality Trust, Demos have today published three pamphlets focusing on equality from the perspective of each of the main political parties. The Liberal Democrat one, A Wealth of Opportunity, is written by Julia Margo and William

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The Spirit Level in 3 minutes

A short film to promote The Spirit Level, the paperback edition of which came out this week: Okay, it ever so slightly over-eggs the pudding, but it is good fun nonetheless. The Social Liberal Forum will be running a joint

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Review: The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

I read The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better whilst watching the last two seasons of The Wire and so Chris Grayling’s claims last week that parts of the UK were beginning to resemble the Baltimore

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Lynne Featherstone meeting THIS WEDNESDAY

This is just a short reminder that our discussion evening with Lynne Featherstone MP will be taking place this Wednesday. Title: After the recession, a different future Date: Wednesday 1 July 2009 Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm Location: Room Q, Portcullis House, Westminster,

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Save us from Fabianism

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Liberator Magazine (#332). Liberator have kindly allowed us to reproduce this here, along with Matthew Sowemimo’s accompanying article. We have a new Liberal Democrat think-tank. And when there has been

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Reconnecting with our radical heritage

This article, an adaptation of the speech Matthew Sowemimo gave at the Social Liberal Forum fringe meeting at Harrogate Spring Conference in March, originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Liberator Magazine (#332). Liberator have kindly allowed us to

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