Liberalism under lockdown

The global covid-19 pandemic has created the largest public health crisis in living memory. It continues to take the lives of hundreds of thousands worldwide. In our own country, the official toll is still rising, and many estimates put the true number far higher. Every death is a tragedy, the loss of a human beingContinue reading “Liberalism under lockdown”

Waking the sleeping giant

The word ‘liberal’ – at least as used in modern politics – has a strong case for being the most mistreated in the English language. It is casually strewn throughout discussion of politicians, activists and media figures from all parties and none. Most egregiously, it is often forced into use as an adjective attempting toContinue reading “Waking the sleeping giant”

The starting point for a liberal vision

One of the reasons it is hard to articulate this vision is that liberalism has no natural endpoint. It reckons with the complexity of human behaviour and the myriad ways we aspire to create and shape our individual lives, families, and societies. More than that, it welcomes and celebrates this complexity. This in itself precludesContinue reading “The starting point for a liberal vision”

The four realms

The personal realm Liberals have long been in the vanguard of the movement for greater personal freedom. There are countless differences in how humans appear, live, and interact with others. This creates natural and beautiful variation. But societies and governments the world over reject this natural and beautiful variation. They instead misuse legal systems andContinue reading “The four realms”

The challenges to our vision

Liberals have always faced an uphill battle. Even at the zenith of the Liberal Party’s political power, after the landslide election victory of 1906 under Herbert Asquith, the House of Lords blocked key social reforms that could have transformed the UK far more radically than the introduction of pensions, free school meals, labour exchanges, andContinue reading “The challenges to our vision”

Fundamental freedoms to liberate Britain

“… no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity” Preamble to the Liberal Democrats’ Constitution To create the society described in our vision requires ten distinct types of freedom that must be extended to every individual. Here are some of the benefits of these freedoms. Liberated from… poverty Freedom to create and earnContinue reading “Fundamental freedoms to liberate Britain”

The generous society can be our future

British politics has recently been exploring new depths. It has become a place where almost any behaviour can be justified in the name of claiming and keeping power. The current government sadly embodies this phenomenon. It is undermining its own efforts to improve society by testing and warping the boundaries of what is tolerable toContinue reading “The generous society can be our future”