Thursday, May 13, 2021

Lib Dem views on the state of the party in Scotland and Wales

Writing on his blog A Scottish Liberal, Andrew Page has responded to Alex Cole-Hamilton's declaration that he is cheerful about the future of the Liberal Democrats.

Andrew is more fearful than cheerful:

When we talk among ourselves we have so many obvious selling points, with progressive, redistributive policies from UBI to federalism. We want to radically overhaul the way the UK works. We believe in a localism that empowers communities.  
But voters don’t hear that and it isn’t simply a by-product of limited media coverage but an unwillingness to shout about who we are. It’s as if we’re scared to take risks in case we lose what little ground we already have. 
And so, instead of communicating bold, radical visions for an alternative future we end up focusing on anti-SNP tactical squeeze messaging. That was never a recipe for growing the party, however much it helped grow the vote in North East Fife and Edinburgh Western.

Down in Wales, Democracy Coma is worried about the party too:

Poor leadership, vacuous messaging, a weak manifesto, no strategy for gaining votes to speak of, a poor digital presence and not even any freepost literature in most constituencies – whilst deeply sad for many hardworking candidates and campaigners, for the party as a whole the results were deserved.

They were also entirely predictable. We have failed to learn anything whatsoever from election results in Wales at all levels of government over the past 10 years. The party has made many mistakes in this time and arguably before that but has chosen to hide from them rather than address them. We can do this no longer.

And it's also worth looking at a Twitter thread from Stew Elliott on how we Lib Dems fared against the Green Party - though it may not make you feel more cheerful.


nigel hunter said...

Is it time for leadership elections with new young radical competitors with new radical forward looking ideas to get the fog out of elderly heads.
We could go cap in hand and ask to join the greens.
Climate change and nature issues are gaining traction and the young WHO Will inherit the country want change WE SHOULD BE GIVING THEM IT.

Andrew Kitching said...

I think a Tony Blair style pledge card, with 5 key ideas would be good. Joining EEA/EFTA (please not the EU now- that boat has sailed); pR for local government; a progressive land value tax; a planning policy distinct from Johnson's; reform of internet online harms etc. something that will attract the wet wing of the Conservative voting population.