Great interview in today’s (Sunday 4th Dec ’11) Independent with Tim Farron, president of the (UK) Liberal Democrats. The article is well worth a read but the points (and the ‘bold type’ is my highlighting) that most stuck out to me were his comments on:
Key themes for Lib Dem’s:
“It’s about being fair, progressive, compassionate. It’s about putting freedom and the ability to make choices about your own life at the heart of everything… understanding the biggest bar to anybody’s freedom is poverty. So our concept of freedom is very different from that of the Conservatives.”
On the Labour Party
What they do need to say sorry for is behaving like a bunch of Tories. They’ll talk about things like ‘we didn’t listen enough’. It’s like cheating on your wife and then apologising for being home late.”
He claims that since the late 1970s, the Tories – and later New Labour – have bought into a culture of “greed being institutionalised, lionised, glorified and treated as a virtue”.
“There are people who like the idea of coalition in abstract but, in practice, how could we possibly go in with the Tories? My reaction is generally that I need daily counselling to cope with it.”
If the article is a taste of the Lib Dem’s efforts to reassert their distinctive images it’s a good step forward.