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New Members Party InviteThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity.

We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

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  • Article: May 26, 2015

    This was written on another blog last year:

    "Apart from the Liberal Democrats the UK political establishment has no conception of 'consensus' politics and thus how you build consensus on controversial issues in order to get your preferred decision accepted. We are imprisoned by the infantile 'Tweedledum & Tweedledee' of Prime Ministers Questions & the like. Thus David Cameron's humiliation over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission was not, as the ' we hate Europe mob in his own party & UKIP' are so deliriously happy about, an EU plot to humiliate Britain. It was a catastrophic failure of his own negotiating skills and his appeasement of his 'Euroseptics' [not a misspelling !] which began way back in 2005 when he pulled his MEPs out of the European Peoples Party [EPP] group of centrist conservatives and aligned them with some far right parties. That silly move excluded him from the major decision making group. He was warned at the time it was a bad idea. So it has proved".

  • Article: May 25, 2015

    After the bloodletting within the upper ranks of UKIP following the principled resignation of Nigel Farage; the unprincipled intention to offer himself for re-election; and the alleged coronation of himself by his courtiers; one commentator renamed him "Kim Ill Nige". True to UKIP form Patrick O'Flynn - ex political commentator for the Daily Express and now a UKIP MEP - noisily complained about the unfairness of a voting system that gave UKIP just one seat in Westminster, conveniently forgetting that in 2011 he wrote a furious piece under the headline "AV referendum - why we must vote NO".

  • Article: May 24, 2015

    It is now just over two weeks since the UK voted for an unfettered Tory Government. We can make a start on discovering what a disaster that might turn out to be. There has been a lot of press comment that the £12bn of cuts that the Tories were so coy about defining was actually a figure from thin air which they expected a coalition partner would obstruct. Thus if it turned out good they would claim credit for listening & if bad it was the fault of the coalition partner. That is entirely plausible. It is what they did for most of the last five years. The good news is that they alone are now stuck with it. It seems that Duncan Smith, not the kindest of men, has nevertheless become concerned about what will happen to his welfare budget. To get the budget now under threat he had already driven past LibDem opposition and achieved savage cuts. Tories don't do gratitude - even to their own kind. Remember what happened to Thatcher?

  • Nick Clegg A1
    Article: May 18, 2015

    Sorry it's all been a bit quiet for the last few days. New people signing up for LibDem membership now tops 12000, over 1000 in the NW Region. Thank you and welcome. There is much work to be done. The Tories, freed from the shackles (as they see it) of the LibDems are now showing their true colours. Hopefully we have now learned, as Andrew Rawnsley put it in the Ovserver of 10th May, that: "The LibDems thought that they could tame the Tory wolf but ended up in its stomach": Not a mistake ever to make again. Other parties, notably UKIP, are agitating for reform of the first past the post (FPTP) voting system. This is yet another fantasy for which UKIP are justly famous. FPTP has delivered the Tories an unexpected overall majority. Even they are not so stupid as to tinker with it now. They ARE going to ressurect revision of parliamentary boundaries, which should help their cause. But no reform of a bloated and expensive House of Lords. Well done Labour. When you sabotaged Lords reform, boundaries went on the top shelf - now to be dusted off & implemented. Tory Chancellor, George Osborne was always determined that 'fracking' in Fylde would go ahead. It is the most controversial issue ever to hit a true blue Tory seat, probably in living memory, with huge opposition from natural Tory voters. So the sitting Tory MP, Mark Menzies, sees his majority increase. We are left in a state of shock when we foolish try to understand the voters thought processes. We never expected Mark to get beaten - this has been Tory for over100yrs - but we did expect a majority cut.

  • Article: May 11, 2015

    For the last 60yrs to this writers memory the only issue that Tories & Labour could agree on was a desire to obliterate the Liberals, and subsequently the Liberal Democrats. True to form in the weeks and days before May7th they targeted us. But in yet another of their individual & collective heroic failures we are stll here. Moreover between 10p.m. on Thursday 7th May and 9.45a.m. on 11th of May 7296 people have joined the Liberal Democrats. We are on the way back already.

  • Article: May 10, 2015

    *Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is
    distrust of the people tempered by fear. (William E. Gladstone)*

    Shame fear wins. The Conservatives have already started to revive some of their noxious policies that LibDems in government blocked. The electors will regret May7th. Let's hope they have more thought and courage next time

  • Article: May 8, 2015

    The voters have chosen five years of the most cruel, narrow minded and insular government, which can rule unfettered by anything except its even more unpleasant right wing. We can do no more here than reproduce Nick Clegg's resignation letter as a sort of lament to the immediate future. But the author of this post was a 19yr old at the time of Anthony Eden as Prime Minister and the folly of the Suez invasion. The Liberals then had 8 MPs. Nick will be crying inwardly and we shed tears with him but we have been here before and will be back.

  • Freddie van Mierlo
    Article: May 6, 2015

    Why I'm Voting Liberal Democrat

    Throughout these elections, many other parties have tried to claim the liberal centre ground of politics. From UKIP to the Greens, to Labour and Tories, all have staked a claim to present balanced 'goldilocks' plans, promising to get the deficit down, while protecting the everyday services we all rely on. It's really rather flattering.

  • Article: May 6, 2015

    At the Polling Station you will be given:

    A General Election ballot paper. You may vote for just ONE candidate. Hopefully that will be Liberal Democrat Frederick van Mierlo

    A Fylde Borough Council ballot paper. Depending on which ward you live in you may be able to vote for MORE THAN ONE candidate. The ballot paper will tell you what is allowed. You do not have to use all your votes. If there is only one candidate you prefer just vote for him/her

  • Article: May 6, 2015

    Tomorrows vote is much more important that the who will cut what when and why which has been the dreary accountancy style of much of the campaign. It is about the kind of society we want to live in. Hopefully the narrow minded, inward looking and unpleasant nature of UKIP will be rejected. That does not represent the real Britain.

A £600 tax cut for every ordinary worker in the country Income Tax Halved for Someone on the Minimum Wage