by Stephen Tall on September 15, 2015
I’ve an article on today’s Times Red Box blog looking at how (and whether) the Lib Dems can capitalise on Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader.
The obvious answer is we don’t know. The parallel with 1981-83, when hard-left Bennism was at its peak, is fuzzy. True, the Liberals were weak, then, too, having been singed by their unhappy experience during the Lib-Lab pact. But, at least at the moment, there seems no prospect of Labour moderates setting up an SDP v.2.
Without the excitement of a new Alliance to dominate the centre-ground of British politics, it’s going to be a much tougher gig for Tim Farron and his seven Commons’ colleagues to get a hearing, no matter how attractive their more moderate, progressive vision might be.
Anyway, here’s how it starts (sorry, the rest of the piece is behind the Times paywall):