One wonders what the great Paul Marshall and David Laws eds. But he fails to means to be a liberal in contemporary politics. But it also explain why people should feel any more Laws begins by setting out a vision of liberalism includes essays that could conceivably have been empowered if local politicians rather than as a commitment to freeing individuals from written by Labour or Conservative politicians national politicians make choices on their external constraints before adding the at the height of the post-war consensus. Equally, Davey fails to engage with the on the table, without education, and without of the public and private sectors, the implications of genuine local autonomy: a access to adequate housing and healthcare, contributions of Vince Cable and Susan Kramer consequence of genuine pluralism in service cannot be said to enjoy freedom in any sense MPs for neighbouring seats in southwest delivery would be the emergence of variation in that most people would understand [p. Hence: applied to contemporary public policy debates. Likewise, a person failures and, more fundamentally, destroy the living in a totalitarian regime may have an contribution on a liberal future for Europe gets entrepreneurial and competitive impulses on education, a job and be very happy, but that no further than the most basic application of which the private enterprise system depends liberal principles to the European Union and does not make them free.

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Many of the contributors now occupy senior positions inside the party which more than anything betrayed a generation of younger voters in the pursuit of power.

The Orange Book is a must read political collection of essays by some of the most ruthless men to ever lead a third party in British politics.

To view it, click here. At the heart of the book is its core message that the Liberal Democrats have forgotten and must reignite a commitment to Gladstonian economic liberalism, rather than embrace "nanny-state liberalism".

Putting this core message into practice, the Orange Book suggested policies that the Liberal Published in , the Orange Book was authored by a host of Liberal Democrats who would later achieve high office in the coalition government including Nick Clegg, Sir Vince Cable and Sir Ed Davey.

Putting this core message into practice, the Orange Book suggested policies that the Liberal Democrats could pursue in an array of fields from local government to pension reforms. Some of the policies advocated in the Orange Book, such as the privatisation of the Royal Mail, were executed by the coalition government of For this reason, the Orange Book is sometimes portrayed as the founding creed of the Liberal Democrats who partook in the coalition government. In my received knowledge, that is what the Orange Book was all about.

I understood that the Orange Book has its place in Liberal Democrat history as a revolution in the party - the somersault that brought it from Ashdown and Kennedy to the coalition, from the centre-left back then, maybe even from the left of Labour to the centre-right.

I remember one commentator precising that from , Lib Dem conferences passed Orange Book motions. It is not a call to arms; it is not the manifesto of a radical quasi-libertarian faction within the party. It does not castigate pre-existing Liberal Democrat policies or lay bare the intraparty divisions. Moreover, the Orange Book is a collection of carefully-constructed policy papers. Its observations and conclusions are well-researched and thought-provoking, especially on international governance and the environment.

Although the book is specific to its time, much of its relevance has not been lost in fourteen years. At times, fuller justifications could have made the arguments more convincing: it feels as though some conclusions are unjustified, especially its more controversial ones, such as those relating to reform of the NHS.

It is also important to stress that the page book is not exhaustive, and neither provides nor seeks to provide an encyclopaedia of classical liberal responses to the British political issues of Even if it was written for a different time, it is a book that could continue to guide and inspire the party as it seeks to define itself in the aftermath of the coalition.

For a party that has focussed its campaigning on Brexit, perhaps it is also high-time for another Orange Book, replicating the broad policy direction and overview that the first one furnished.


The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism








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