Leading Liberal Democrats re-examine traditional Liberal ideas and come up with fresh Reclaiming Liberalism With a foreword by Charles Kennedy, The Orange Book is published in association with the Liberal Democrats to coincide with. 27 Jun The 10th anniversary of the publication of the Orange Book, that attempt by a small band of economic liberals to rescue the Liberal Democrats. 22 Oct PDF | On Dec 1, , John Meadowcroft and others published The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism.

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Breakaway parties Liberal Party UK, There were no bands or bunting for a collection of essays that, back inso upset mainstream Lib Dems that its launch event had to be cancelled; it was rumoured one of the party’s richer benefactors was buying up every copy — to burn.

This book is rather similar; dry, uninspiring but makes some good points. Britain has become too comfortable treating private goods as public goods, and consuming them on the never-never, hoping that future growth will bok us to manage our debt even as that debt stifles the very growth on which our hopes are based.

The promise of electoral and wider reform of parliament has gone, probably for a generation.

At the heart of the book is its core message that the Liberal Democrats have forgotten and must reignite a commitment to Gladstonian economic liberalism, rather than embrace “nanny-state liberalism”. Callum rated it really liked it Sep 12, Orajge book that made rsclaiming understand why the LibDems lost the election, which would not have happened if all their voters read this book instead of their manifesto.

It is most interesting as a way to understand what the Liberal Democrats actually stand for something most of the British public are probably not quite sure aboutand the answers are surprising, although less surprising at the liberalisj of their coalition government with the Tories.

Paperbackpages. Although the book is specific to its time, much of its relevance has not been lost in fourteen years.

Reading this book, written 13 years ago when Charles Kennedy was at the peak of his anti-Iraq War popularity and the likes of Nick Clegg and David Laws were new kids on the political block, brought me to a conclusion regarding the biggest political problem that lberalism LibDems face; they are rather good at coming up with sensible, moderate policies, but rather poor in producing policies that get people excited.


Orante Nakornchai rated it liked it Jul 18, orangee You probably won’t agree much with this free markets privatisation libertarian wet-dream; but that doesn’t matter. Even though it’s a been around for a while and we’re 2 years in to a coalition government, the LIb Dems could do a lot worse than referring back to this book for inspiration.

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The essays in The Orange Book however focus primarily on liberal economic policy, and move away from social liberalism. Darren Blanch rated it liked it Jul 27, Luke Smith rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Published September 2nd by Profile Books first published September 1st Up to the minute, original, and persuasively argued, the thinking in ljberalism book demonstrates the Liberal Democrats’ vitality and social commitment, and gives a valuable insight into how the party will move in the future.

This will be a challenge for the Liberal Democrats, governments of bok colour and all of us. Coalition by David Laws review — definitive and forensic. Order by newest oldest recommendations. It is not a call to arms; it is not the orang of a radical quasi-libertarian faction within the party.

Ideas about liberation through the small state, that may have shocked many Lib Dems in the boom years, moved into the mainstream in the age of austerity.

I couldnt think of anybody more averse to classical liberalism bar Bob Crowe or Fidel Castro! In terms of content, the Orange Book could sit well alongside briefings from Britain’s classical liberal thinktanks.

Retrieved from ” https: Matt rated it really liked it Dec 27, This page was last edited on 5 November libeeralism, at I remember one commentator precising that fromLib Dem conferences passed Orange Book motions. Its liberzlism and conclusions are well-researched and thought-provoking, especially on international governance and the environment.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Maybe there will never again be any great liberal crusade: Orange Book liberalism is a liberal ideology, mostly within the Liberal Democrats, which seeks to balance the four main strands of liberal thought— social liberalismeconomic liberalismcultural liberalismand political liberalism.


The establishment has fallen in love with ugliness – and we are all worse off for it. Return to Book Page.

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Joe rated it really liked it Jul 22, Now, having read the book, I am surprised to find out that this isn’t what the Orange Book liberapism really about. Topics Liberal Democrats Opinion. Apr 12, Jack Palmer rated it liked it Shelves: The book certainly signalled that the Lib Dems were not — or not only — a party of protest for those who resented tuition fees or the Iraq war.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. And it may be that the apparent triumph of Orange Book ideas in government owes less to their inherent appeal than to rexlaiming change from the boom of to the bust of Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Is Greece trapped in the eurozone? Edward Stourton from the BBC radio show Analysis argued that the Orange Book movement within the Liberal party was important in the founding of the Coalition government with the Conservatives.

To answer the first question, one has to place The Orange Book in its historical context. Matt Gillow rated it it was amazing Dec 11, In this stimulating collection, the next generation of Liberal Democrat leaders, including MPs and MEPs, proposes a vigorous future for the party and its policies.

Liberzlism Orange Book is a must read political collection of essays by some of the most ruthless men to ever lead a third party in British politics. Eight things we learned from David Laws’ memoirs.