9th DECEMBER 2010
Responding to the government’s victory in the Commons, the editor of The Liberal magazine, Benjamin Ramm, said: “This legislation weakens liberalism and mocks democracy, and damages the Liberal Democrats beyond repair. For the party that called itself ‘the Real Alternative’, today is at best a capitulation, at worst a betrayal. In this coalition, the Lib Dems are the cloak that hides the dagger”.
Ramm called for a new militancy within the party, with options including deselection; standing ‘Yellow Book’ candidates against those MPs that voted for the motion; and using proposed legislation for recall to challenge parliamentarians who won their constituencies on the back of key pledges: at least a dozen Lib Dem MPs owe their seat to the student vote – HE funding was always more than just another policy for the party.
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The Liberal is an independent publication dedicated to the revival of liberalism. It has no affiliation with the Liberal Democrats, although previous contributors include Nick Clegg, Vince Cable, Chris Huhne, Simon Hughes, Menzies Campbell, Shirley Williams and Paddy Ashdown.