Why am I a Liberal Democrat?
The short answer is because I believe in liberalism and helping create a society that is open, tolerant and united. Yes, I believe in the rights of the individual, but that means fostering the rights of others, not just enforcing my own. And if I have a bias it is towards the poorest, both at home and abroad.
Freedom has to be for all, including those we disagree with, so I support freedom of speech and a free press and media. I may disapprove of what they say but will defend to the death their right to say it. And I deplore the hypocrisy that says left wing tyranny is good and right wing tyranny is evil.
I’m both pro-European and internationalist. I am a passionate Remainer because the EU has bought peace and prosperity (especially to some poorer nations in Europe) as well as protection for the environment and for workers’ rights.
Also, I’m passionate about how we take decisions in our community, our city and our country. The liberal approach is to insist that decision-making should be reasoned and supported by proper evidence. Lies don’t become true because they’re constantly, stridently repeated. And “one word of truth outweighs the whole world“.