Eight years on from The Orange Book’s release, a new publication looks at the unfinished business of the Liberal Democrats’ policy development and sets out a wide range of new areas on which the party should now concentrate.
This new research, Eight Years since the Orange Book: Have the Liberal Democrats ‘reclaimed’ liberalism?, argues that The Orange Book helped lay the foundations for the coalition, increased professionalism and centralisation, gave Nick Clegg the ability to seize power, and provided much of the basis on which the two parties could find common ground.
The Lib Dems have successfully argued for the privatisation of the Royal Mail and for more freedom in education. In creating a more liberal environment the authors variously argue that the Lib Dems should now focus on:
- Reducing the size of the state to below 40% of GDP
- Tax simplification and tax reduction across the board
- Lower marginal tax rates
- Allowing for-profit providers to deliver state-funded education
- Further rises in the personal income tax allowance
- Introducing more competition in energy markets
- Successfully comple