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After a difficult week, The Guardian this morning published six pieces of advice to Nick Clegg in order to assist with the Lib Dem recovery. These were, frankly, a little uninspriring.

As someone who would describe myself as a liberal I’ve set out below to offer six of my own…

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An Analogy

Being a European country is a bit like living on a troubled housing estate. One where drugs, crime, ignorance and poverty blights the lives of its residents. Faced with these huge problems there are really only two ways you can go.

One way of dealing with the situation would be to shut yourself in your flat. Double bolt the door. Draw the curtains. It’s an understandable reaction, but it’s one that condemns you to live in misery and fear. Mutual distrust builds between you and your neighbours. You’re trapped within your four walls and you wait for the inevitable day when a brick comes flying through your window.

We know it is better to be stronger, to go out into your community, to engage with your neighbours and work together to solve your problems. After all, it’s only by collaborating that you have the combined weight to do something about the crime and the drugs that are ruining everyone’s lives. Together you have the ideas and resources to begin to solve some of the estate’s most intractable problems.

By working together with your neighbours you find out you have a lot in common and also gain a better understanding of your differences. You make friends. Your life is enhanced by belonging to a community. As you start to solve the problems on the estate you notice too that local businesses start to invest more in the area. Jobs are created. Your community becomes more prosperous.

Yesterday Britain started to close the door on its neighbours and retreat behind it’s four walls. But Britain can’t win that way. Our lives will be poorer. Our problems won’t be solved. Our relationships with our neighbours will sour.

It’s not too late to change course, to start engaging again, to work together with our neighbours, but we need to do it soon.

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Lib Dems learnt the hard way that a surge in votes can bring little dividend at Westminster. UKIP predicted to have zero MPs in 2015.

Lib Dems learnt the hard way that a surge in votes can bring little dividend at Westminster. UKIP predicted to have zero MPs in 2015.

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Three years ago…

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supplysideliberal:

From Chrystia Freeland’s book Plutocrats, pp. 261-262:

Luigi Zingales, a professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, frames [a central issue for government policy] as the choice between being promarket and being pro business. Super-elites are often the product of a…

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The popular narrative at the moment is that the Coalition Government has been cutting the rates of tax for millionaires while making life harder and harder for those on low incomes.

Well, Income Tax is just one part of the story, but regardless, I wanted to look at how much the richest have been…

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One does not simply leave the EU without endangering the economy

One does not simply leave the EU without endangering the economy

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liberalmartin:

“Until same sex marriage is permitted it is impossible to claim gay and straight couples are treated equally”

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liberalmartin:

“Until same sex marriage is permitted it is impossible to claim gay and straight couples are treated equally”

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