Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Orange Book 2???
2:) We have to differentiate ourselves from our partners so that the Public can see who we are.
It is true that we have not always agreed with our Coalition partners, it is to be expected as we aren't the same party or have the same ideological identity.
We need to be able to be critical of what the Coalition has done, much as the writers have, but similarly support the aims. After all we have got some of our major policies through.
One of the great criticism's of the Party has been that people don't know who we are or what we stand for and the danger of the Coalition is that we could be seen to stand for exactly the same thing as the Conservatives,
Now would be a good time for the Orange Book II the revenge... or a similar style of "Who are the Lib Dems?" with essays outlining how WE would improve on current policies and how we could make the state better.
We need to be serious about our aims and plans, no more promises that we don't know if we can keep, the party cannot again be linked to disasters like "Tuition" and another move for electoral reform should not be on the agenda for the next parliament.
But sensible Liberal ideals and approaches to the NHS, optimising public services and spending, making the tax system fairer, how we can help the squeezed middle and the 99% that find themselves under constant attack.
Tough Liberalism will help with showing our identity, if the national media don't crucify us at every murmuring of discontent but is it enough?
I really don't want my prediction to come true...