Eight years ago a group of Lib Dems contributed essays to a volume called the Orange Book which sought to shift thinking in the Party away from socialism and towards liberalism. While social liberalism in the Party was well represented, the case for economic liberalism was not. Nor had it been for many years even before the merger with the SDP. Jo Grimond believed in economic liberalism but he ceased to be Liberal Party leader in 1967.
The Institute of Economic Affairs have now published a new collection of essays Eight Years since the Orange Book: Have the Liberal Democrats ‘reclaimed’ liberalism?
It seeks not just to mark the progress of this small group of liberals within the Lib Dems, but also to consider what future direction the Party should take.
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