You also mistake our identity. After the merger with the SDP, we decided by an overwhelming majority that we were a Liberal Democrat, not a Social Democrat, party. If Labour should become a Social Democrat party, it would make co-operation with them easier if the electorate so decides, just as it would if the spiritual heirs of Robert Carr and Ian Gilmour were to regain control of the Conservative Party. In neither case would the change meet our essential message.
Liberalism is dedicated to controlling arbitrary power through the rule of law and through accountability to the people. As Alan Beith once said, we are the only party willing to come into office committed to controlling our own power. It does not matter whether the power is exercised by governments, employers, trade unions, banks, them or us: it still needs controlling.
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