Liberal Kitchen

Liberal KitchenWhy: to produce a report which radically examines, and captures, what we local Liberals feel, in our bones is, and share as, the essence of our political philosophy. What underlies, and connects, the policies we would want to promote. And which can serve as a motivational blueprint for all the action we undertake. Maybe also as a stimulus for other Lib Dem groups, to encourage a similarly radical review of what we as Liberals stand for in a changed political context, in which Social Democratic parties are struggling to achieve popular support.

How: To form a group consisting of between six and eight individuals who are keen to share their views on what the Lib Dems should stand for today. The group should be balanced in terms of age and gender, also in terms of their history of support for the LibDems over the last ten years or so, in particular to ensure that we have a balance of those who have loyally walked the streets and those who have lapsed/flirted with other parties. All must agree that there is a need for a Liberal presence in politics today. We envisage the group meeting initially to hear a short submission from every member on their perspective on what has happened to the party since before the SD/L merger, and what they feel should be the role of the party today. We can then identify both the common ground and draw out, and start to debate contentious issues, which will continue, over subsequent meetings until we pinpoint the essence of what we can all subscribe to. Then we can start talking tactics…