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PODCAST – The origins and course of pro-Europeanism in the Lib Dems

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Why did the Liberal Party become so pro-European and how did that carry over into the Liberal Democrats? That was the topic when I welcomed back Duncan Brack to Never Mind The Bar Charts. We roamed over everything from the creation of the Anti-Corn Law League through to the future for pro-Europeanism in the Lib Dems.

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2 responses to “PODCAST – The origins and course of pro-Europeanism in the Lib Dems”

  1. Really enjoyed this podcast, but was surprised that the anti-EU attitude of the continuing Liberal party from the merger days was not mentioned.

  2. I really enjoyed that, personally. It was highly informative. One of the few podcasts where I used reply several times very few minutes to catch it all. It added a huge amount of perspective.

    One small addition – as I understand it – after decades of pressure one of the proximate triggers of the introduction of the Corn Laws was the famine in Ireland. The abolition of the Corn Laws helped relieve that. The fine detail of that political, social and economic situation is absolutely horrendous, and were some of the pronouncements at the time by senior Anglican clergy / Tory members.

    This Irish ./ agriculture aspect is also particularly resonant now in respect of Brexit. Especially given some of the dreadful pronouncements by the now Home Secretary.

    The podcast also helped explain why international ‘free trade’ is in the odd position of being a highly progressive measure historically, yet also touted by the Tory and Atlanticist hard-right (eg Fox) as their reason for Brexit. That one wrong-footed me at the time.

    It would seem important in the future to emphasise that free trade is great – but we want that to be done in a context that also protects the rights of the workers making the produce; the rights of the consumers purchasing the produce; and the environment in the states at either end of the transactions.

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