Monthly Archives: June 2015
Since Tim Farron decided to stand for Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lambites have been all out trying to smear Tim and hinder his campaign. Despite Tim giving a more than fair justification to his previous voting record, Lambites have not ceased to keep throwing the same accusations towards Tim. Unfortunately, to some it’s not about liberalism at all, but more about winning at any cost.
The Norman Lamb campaign is being called a ‘conquest’ by many supporters because as with any conquest, they believe there is something to conquer. Just as the crusaders captured Jerusalem in the first crusade, the Lamb ‘crusaders’ are attempting to capture the future of liberalism. However, as with any conquest, they can only attack for what they lack. In other words, they can only attack for the things they do not already have. That is why they are attacking Tim because deep down they know that Tim already has the liberalism to lead and they do not.
For far too long, we have seen this type of skullduggery take precedence within British Politics. The question you truly have to ask yourselves is, do you really want to see the Liberal Democrats continue with the same old politics or do you want to see the party do what it says on the tin? Tim Farron has lead a positive campaign based on fairness, honesty and transparency. He has not shied away from the tough questions but has tackled them head on. His support has not attacked Lamb, but on the contrary, they have complimented Lamb but chosen Tim to lead.
The Lambite camp, on the other hand, are doing their very best to keep Lamb hidden away by focusing on portraying Tim in a negative light. Mostly, they are trying to use his religion against him. Even though the justification presented for Tim’s previous voting record was one based on logic rather than faith. And as it stands, Tim has always been the favourite to lead the liberal movement and they simply cannot accept that. We need a better politics and Tim does not only lead by his words alone but he leads by good example. The Lambite conquest will try to damage Farron, but Tim’s movement is strong and it will take far more than a few rusty daggers to see him off.
Liberal Democrats need to ask themselves, do they want to be conquered or liberated?
If you were expecting one thousand nine hundred and six reasons to support Tim Farron, you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m sure there are that many reasons to support Tim, maybe more, but I want to talk about the great Liberal triumph of 1906.
In 1906 the Liberals achieved a landslide victory, winning around 400 seats, due to Henry Campbell-Bannerman reuniting the party, as well as not forgetting the existence of an ‘out of touch’ Tory party. It’s difficult to truly determine whether it was Liberal strengths or Conservative weaknesses that truly brought the Liberals to their victory in 1906. As a pluralist, I like to think that both factors correlated and paid complements to one another. If this is the case, then the Liberal Democrats have everything still to play for in 2020.
The Conservatives failed in 1906 because they introduced unpopular legislation and managed to alienate the public from the political process. Pretty much like we are witnessing with the Tory government of today. On the other hand, the Liberals had united with the workers and stood up for the things that truly mattered. After all, It was the liberals who wanted reforms that would introduce better living standards for those most vulnerable. This gave the Liberals strength.
109 years later, we seem to be back in the same place; divided (due to the last 5 years) and we have a Conservative Party looking to introduce more ‘tough love’ pieces of legislation. With over 16,000 new members joining the Liberal Democrats since the General Election, The Lib Dems are now in the perfect position to rebuild momentum and take on a Tory Party that will, no doubt, hit low paid workers and the unemployed the hardest.
If we can build on our strengths now, then waiting for the Tories to produce their weaknesses is but a matter of time. However, relying on the Tories to grow weaker isn’t the problem, we do still need to be strong and more than anything, we do still need a strong leader.
So, who is our Henry Campbell-Bannerman of our day? I believe that man is Tim Farron. Tim understands the ‘bread and butter’ issues better than most, and I truly do believe that he can achieve more than Campbell-Bannerman by not neglecting social reforms. Over the past 5 years, Tim has been a colossal strength to the party. He is admired by many, and has the ability to charm liberal ideas.
Tim is also endlessly proving that he can reunite the party by both acknowledging and connecting with the grassroots (who work for nothing but sheer love). If Tim is to win this leadership election, then travelling back to 1906 might help him achieve just that. We are living in times where things appear to be different from that of 1906 but in reality we are still living in the past. If anyone can bring us forward, it’s Tim Farron.