Sunday, March 13, 2011

Farron writes to Caron

Ok, it wasn't just me. But I've wanted to write that headline for ages. This latest billet doux from the Party President went to everyone the Lib Dems have an e-mail address for, I presume. There, I feel less special now.

Basically the tone was the same as he's been saying all weekend - get your arses onto the streets because we have some good things to say, but I'll leave it to him to do so in his own way.

Dear Caron,

Nick Clegg spoke at the close of our Spring Conference in Sheffield today, with a fantastic, liberal vision for Britain.

In Government we're standing up for families and communities, making sure their concerns are heard - loud and clear.

Whatever the protesters were saying outside City Hall, now is our chance to change Britain for the better. I for one am extremely proud to be a Liberal Democrat at this historic time.

Conference has reminded everyone that unlike the other parties, it's our members who make our policy. They have a voice and they are listened to.

After just 10 months in Government our ministers have given us successes to sing from the rooftops. These include kicking Trident into the long grass, tax cuts for every family and taking the poorest out of tax altogether.

If you're only going to take one thing away from Spring Conference, let it be this: where we work hard, we win.

Now go home and work your socks off and win!

Tim Farron
Party President

Except, Tim,  it's not a tax cut for every family. It's just for those on middle and lower incomes who really need it right now. The very rich, who were previously able to pay an embarrassingly pitiful amount of tax on their massive earnings by having them paid to them in shares and the like are going to have to pay 10% more. It's not enough, I know, but it's progress.

Where we work we win is hardly a groundbreaking new philosophy for Liberal Democrats either - but he's right. It's actually by spending a bit more time with people on the doorsteps now which will make the difference in these coming elections.

A little muted for Farron, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway.

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