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Spectator cites Liberal Vision as the real deal

By Sara Scarlett
September 21st, 2009 at 2:42 pm | 2 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Reaffirming Mark Littlewood’s stance, that it’s David Cameron’s soft and shallow support that we should be targeting, Alex Massie over at the Spectator notes that a truly liberal party would be one worth voting for – truly classical liberal that is!!

Could you vote for the Liberal Democrats. Sometimes, you know, I wish I could. Then the Liberal Democrats come along to remind one how difficult it is to support them. But, in theory, could one vote for a truly liberal party? Of course one could. And would, if only one were so available. In Massie’s Better Ordered Political Landscape the Liberal Democrats would, roughly speaking, be the equivalent of Germany’s Free Democrats*.

It’s true that there are some liberals** in the Lib Dems – one thinks of the gang at Liberal Vision and other bloggers such as Charlotte Gore – but they’re a minority within their own minority.

**That is, of the classical variety.

I share your lament Alex, so let’s show them the light together – to which address should I send the membership form?

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BBC blaims “wider competition” for demise of regional newspapers

By Angela Harbutt
September 21st, 2009 at 8:06 am | Comments Off on BBC blaims “wider competition” for demise of regional newspapers | Posted in Uncategorized

Just a quickie to note that BBC Breakfast ran a story this morning about the demise of local newspapers. The bare-faced cheek of the BBC to run the whole story with out mentioning its own role in it is simply staggering.

The BBC would have us believe that local papers are going out of business because of ….. (wait for it….) the increasing number of independent websites competing for local attention. How on earth they found a spokesperson for local newspapers that did not point the finger at the BBC is beyond me. But hey -thats the BBC for you.

BBC poll: LibDem activists out of step with LibDem voters

By Mark Littlewood
September 21st, 2009 at 6:00 am | 5 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

libdem-conference-delegatesA ComRes poll released today by the  BBC’s Daily Politics show, asked LibDem councillors two questions – who would they favour us supporting in the event of a hung Parliament and do they think the expenses scandal has harmed LibDem chances?

On the expenses scandal, 12% thought their LibDem MP/PPC had been damaged and 78% didn’t.

On the question of which party we should support in government if we held the balance of power in a hung Parliament, 31% said Labour and 16% said the Tories (a “neither” option was not on offer, so the rest are in the “don’t know” column). That’s a 2:1 preference for Labour of those stating a preference.

In pretty stark contrast are the views of the 6 million people who vote for us (over 99% of whom are not party members).

Asked by ICM a month ago whether they would prefer a Cameron-led Conservative government or a Brown-led Labour government, 2005 LibDem voters split 61%-26% in favour of the Tories. Amongst (the diminished pool of)  LibDem voters in the 2009 Euro elections – the split was 42%-34% in favour of Cameron’s Conservatives, according to yougov.

The questions are not identical. But this is the best statistical evidence I have seen to suggest that there is a very measurable difference of political outlook between the 20% of the population inclined to vote LibDem and the 0.02% of the population who are active party members.

For what it’s worth, I would be a “neither/don’t know” voter on the “who would you support in a hung Parliament?” question and a Cameron over Brown voter on which government I’d prefer if forced to choose.

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+++ Liberal Vision on Radio 5’s Victoria Derbyshire conference special 10am-1pm +++

By Mark Littlewood
September 21st, 2009 at 2:19 am | 1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized

Liberal Vision’s Angela Harbutt is on Radio 5 from 10am to 1pm today – live from the Bournemouth conference.

Abolition of tuition fees will not be a manifesto commitment

By Angela Harbutt
September 20th, 2009 at 11:09 pm | 4 Comments | Posted in UK Politics

Mark Littlewood predicted on Radio 4 tonight that there was “barely a prayer” that a commitment to abolish tuition fees would be  in the next LibDem manifesto. I hear he’s willing to take bets at 8/1.