I want 2008 to be the year we fix politics. There is no longer any question in my mind: politics is broken. It’s out of step with people’s lives and out of step with the modern world.
The instincts, the desires, the hopes and the fears of the British people are no longer reflected in our government or our political debate.
We have a choice. Either we give up on politics altogether, or we reinvent it for the 21st century.
As the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, I believe Britain should take the second path, towards a new kind of politics, that listens, responds and delivers.
I want us to have a country where rights, freedoms and privacy are not the playthings of politicians, but safeguarded for everyone. A country where political life is not a Westminster village freak show, but open, accessible, and helpful in people’s everyday lives.
A country where parents, pupils and patients are in charge of our schools and hospitals, and where fine words on the environment are translated into real action.
And, above all, a country where social mobility becomes a reality once again, so that no-one is ever condemned by the circumstances of their birth.
And how will we do this? Read the full piece to find out more.