David Owen was a Labour Foreign Secretary, then one of the founders of the SDP and subsequently party leader before leading a rump of the SDP after opposing the party’s merger with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats.


Eric Lubbock: From Orpington Man to Buddhist Monk?

For a few astonishing days in March 1962, the Liberal Party led the Conservative and Labour parties in the opinion polls, the only time it had ever done so since polls were invented. … Read the full post »


A footnote to my praise for Jeremy Browne

In recently praising Jeremy Browne for arguing that the Liberal Democrats must guard against being pigeonholed as only being interested in issues that do not win much public support, I added a caveat about how his broader vision of what the Liberal Democrats should be for (social mobility – yuk) showed how inconsistent senior Liberal Democrats … Read the full post »