Sorry we've been quiet for the last few weeks - for reasons that will become apparent below. We had a tremendously successful conference season and would like to welcome everyone who signed up to this newsletter at one or other of our fringe meetings.
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
The Social Liberal Forum executive has undergone some significant changes over the past couple of months. Sadly, Richard Grayson and Alison Goldsworthy have resigned from the executive. Alison has had to
As the Liberal Democrats move towards finalizing the party’s manifesto, The Social Liberal Forum sets out the key principles that we believe should be the basis for formulating tax policy and spending commitments:
- The party should commit itself to the goal of reducing income inequality over the next parliament. Proposals to reduce public spending should be assessed in terms of whether they further that objective.
- Tax increases for the richest members
Guest article by Geoffrey G J Payne
Soon after I joined the Liberal party in 1983 I discovered something that surprised me. Many of the best Liberals were not members of the party, and some were even members of other parties. This presented both a challenge and an opportunity. It was frustrating that these people were not in the party helping develop it's political position. Yet clearly the potential was there; a Liberal party that could reach out to people beyond it's current core sup
Social Liberal Forum Secretary James Graham and Chair of Compass
Neal Lawson have an article in Tuesday's Guardian calling for a "coalition of progressive ideas" between social liberals and liberal socialists within the Liberal Democrats, Labour and more widely.
Progressives in all these parties are committed to greater equality and dealing with the challenge of climate change, but the binding value is pluralism. We recognise the value o
Hope you had a good summer. With the conference season now in full sway, we just wanted to let you know about the Social Liberal Forum's own plans next week. Please do come to our fringe meeting next Monday.PARTY CONFERENCE
The Social Liberal Forum will be holding a joint fringe meeting with Compass on Monday 21 September at 20:15-21:15 in Connaught 1, the Connaught Hotel. "Overcoming political barriers to equality" will fea
Yesterday, Health Secretary Andy Burnham wrote an article
for the Guardian aiming to set out the clear blue water between Labour and the Conservatives on the National Health Service. In doing so, he inadvertantly demonstrated quite how vapid Labour's vision for the NHS really is. It was summed up in one sentence:
For Labour, it all comes down to defending the N in NHS.