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Monday, August 22, 2005
Up the Junction
By Jabez Clegg

It may only be the silly season, but already on the future of the Liberal Democrats is being called into question. Apparently we are likely to suffer in a squeeze between GB and DD, as our scepticism over the Government’s authoritarian response to recent attacks will not go down well with the public.

Rather like Mao’s comments the success of the French Revolution, it is of course "far too early to tell" what will be important in 2009/10.

But standing up for what you believe in is always in fashion.
posted by Apollo Project @ 2:36 pm  
  • At 22 August, 2005 22:17, Blogger Snafu said…

    How do you think you will increase your share of the vote in 2009 when the best opportunity for advancing electorally was this year?

    The Conservatives should *hopefully* be re-energised with new leadership and new policies whilst Labour will presumably also have a new leader. Any Liberal Democrat boost in 2005 thanks to the Iraq war will surely have subsided by 2009.

  • At 22 August, 2005 23:08, Anonymous Paul said…

    "The Conservatives should *hopefully* be re-energised with new leadership and new policies"

    Oh, come off it! The Tories are falling to pieces at the moment. Not one of the - still unofficial - leadership candidates actually has a policy position or even any idea what the Conservatives stand for, apart from the fact that they're not the party of Michael Hoaward, or IDS, or William Hague, or John Major, or Margaret Thatcher, and so on, ad infinitum.

    The Lib Dems do have an opportunity here to refocus the debate towards one of authoritarianism vs liberalism or the state vs the individual - which is essentially the difference between Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

  • At 23 August, 2005 10:59, Blogger Snafu said…

    Paul, I do agree that the Conservatives are in a bit of a state at the moment! I just hope they aren't in the same position in four years time.

    I hope that Conservatives can also "refocus the debate towards one of authoritarianism vs liberalism or the state vs the individual"

  • At 23 August, 2005 11:49, Blogger afp763389 said…

    ... :/

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