At some point the Liberal Democrats will need to decide what they will stand for at the next election – they could do worse than authentic liberalism.
It is now almost eight years since the publication of The Orange Book. The controversial book was something of a free-market manual for the Liberal Democrat Party, setting out a reforming agenda and identifying areas around which the party could coalesce.
With many of the authors of the original book holding senior posts in the Coalition, its potential for influence is clear. Some go so far as to argue that it has helped shape the areas of agreement in the Coalition – for example, economic prudence, free schools and the pupil premium.
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