10 key Lib Dem questions for 2009

by Stephen Tall on December 30, 2008

In what is fast becoming a pre-New Year tradition as eagerly anticipated as ‘the biggest ever DFS sale’, Lib Dem Voice is publishing its list of 10 key questions, the answers to which we think might well help shape 2009 for the party. You can read last year’s list here; and our answers to those questions here (Part I) and here (Part II).

Here below, then, for what it’s worth are my top 10 questions for the coming year in Lib Demmery.

1. Will there be a general election in 2009? (If yes, many of the rest of the questions will have very different answers).

2. How will the party respond in the coming year to the new recession politics? Will Nick Clegg’s call for “big, permanent and fair” tax cuts, combined with £12.5 billion of green public investment strike a chord, appear flawed, or be ignored?

3. Will the Lib Dems reverse the recent decline in our opinion poll ratings, and climb above 20%?

4. Will the Lib Dems finish at least third, and poll at or above 15%, in the European elections in June 2009?

5. Will June’s local election results show a Lib Dem advance or retreat?

6. Will Nick Clegg more fully establish himself as party leader, recognised both by the public and media as someone to be listened to?

7. Will the Lib Dem Spring 2009 conference decide to scrap the party’s current policy of abolishing university tuition fees?

8. Will Tavish Scott re-establish the Lib Dems as a major force in Scottish politics, vying with Labour and the SNP?

9. Will Kirsty Williams revitalise the Welsh Lib Dems, and establish herself and the party as the major opposition to Labour and Plaid?

10. Who will be crowned Lib Dem Blogger of the Year in 2009? And will we have to set up a new award for Twitterer of the Year?

Have I missed any out? And how do you anticipate we might be answering these 10 questions in a year’s time?

Oh, and finally, what will be the one unimaginable event, the ‘unknowable unknown’, which will dominate the headlines in 2009? The collapse, and subsequent nationalisation/recapitalisation, of the banking system in the UK and USA was an ‘unknowable unknown’ this time last year; yet it was that event which will likely exert the longest lasting legacy in the years to come. Will there be anything to compare with it in the next 12 months?