Posts Tagged “orange book”

The “Orange Booker” case for supporting Tim Farron

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2015

Yes, you read that headline right. I’ve already said why I’m supporting Tim Farron as next Lib Dem leader. This is a brief coda addressed specifically to those party members, like me, who are quite happy still to be regarded (…)

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10 Years on from The Orange Book: What should authentic liberalism look like?

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2014

“10 Years on from The Orange Book: what should authentic liberalism look like?” That was the title of a Lib Dem conference fringe meeting in Glasgow, organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), at which I was speaking alongside MPs Tim Farron and Jeremy Browne, Orange Book co-editor Paul Marshall, the IEA’s Ryan Bourne […]

In praise of the retiring Jeremy Browne

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2014

Jeremy Browne and I should, I guess, be ideological soul-mates. We both self-identify as Orange Bookers. We both believe in free and fair markets and that access to those markets are often the best way by which social injustice can be (…)

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Why looking back on the 2005 Lib Dem manifesto depresses me. And why The Orange Book means the 2015 manifesto will be better

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2014

What did the Lib Dem manifesto in 2005 propose? I asked myself the question when reflecting on the legacy of The Orange Book 10 years after it was published. I remember Paul Marshall, the book’s co-editor, dismissing it at a (…)

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The Orange Book, 10 years on: 5 thoughts on its legacy

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2014

Today saw what its co-editor Paul Marshall called the belated launch party for The Orange Book – such was the controversy surrounding its publication 10 years ago that the original event was cancelled. I was only able to attend one of the sessions (on public service reform) so here are five more general observations on […]

The two Orange Bookers who’ve won over the Lib Dem membership

by Stephen Tall on May 22, 2014

It’s 10 years since The Orange Book was published. Edited by David Laws and Paul Marshall it was widely regarded as an attempt by economic liberals within the Lib Dems to wrest back control of the party from social liberals. Both Laws and Marshall would argue their attempt at ‘reclaiming liberalism’ (the book’s sub-title) was […]

The Orange Book & its impact on the Lib Dems, 8 years on – my report back from last night’s IEA event

by Stephen Tall on July 13, 2012

Last night, the IEA held a fascinating debate looking at the impact the infamous The Orange Book — edited by David Laws and Paul Marshall, with contributions from many of the newest / brightest / most economically liberal MPs — (…)

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Who are the Lib Dems ‘unconventional men (or women) whose mad ideas make us think’?

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2011

Andrew Rawnsley, writing in today’s Observer under the surprisingly un-PC title In praise of unconventional men who make us think, sticks up for those iconoclastic thinkers who challenge their parties’ conventional thinking, citing as paragons the Tories’ Steve ‘Big Society’ Hilton and Maurice ‘Blue Labour’ Glasman: Conventional is not a description you could apply to […]



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