(Original post by misterxninja)
The Orange Book hasn't been implemented you never got a Lib Dem government nor did you get all the Lib Dems accepting the deep well articulated points of Laws in chapter 1 to the challenging concept to some Lib Dems.
It will fix Britain right up, I'm sure of it. It has the best of the 3 spheres of Liberalism covers all posts and is the fairest set up a society can have, its not a side taker.
The TSR Lib Dems are not in danger, they are Socialists they abandoned their Personal Liberalism and Economic Liberalism and dragged out Social Liberalism to the point it is Social Democracy which is pretty much Socialism's baby sister anyway. They have wrecked what it means to be a Lib Dem and they have abandoned their natural position.
The centre at current is the Orange book it pulls on a long tradition of centrism that despite history is still true to its original values and has reclaimed them, that is the point of it. The Lib Dems in real life are re-aligning to their natural self after lending left-wing votes for many years riding Labour's mistakes, they now need to pave their own identity and it will be hard but it will be fruitful long term.
The centre accumulated and constantly modernizes yes, but it is still the centre it never stopped being that and to say the centre of today is right is laughable. No your just left-wing and think anything right of you is obviously right-wing, because you think as a lefty that your a rational centrist and what you believe makes total sense leading to you to fib yourself into thinking your not far from the centre when in reality you are.
The big error you make and always will standard of Socialist behaviour, is they seem to think they are quiet moderate. It was always the centre you just didn't know what the centre was clearly and what it was made up of, thus you think it is more right-wing today, because of that sole reason you always fought of yourself an fancied yourself as centre-left, thus your perception of the centre is deluded by your own bias. Where as in fact it is more centrist today than it was before.
The centre is Liberalism it always will be, what has actually happened is the right-wing have become more centrist, so you begin to associate the centre with the right-wing, when you should be identifying the former right-wing with the centre. Liberalism has won that is why you have Centre-left, Centre-Centre and Centre-Right in British politics today, the other two ideologies lost, because what they were based on was static and inflexible so they had little room to budge and had to adopt Liberalism to preserve small remnants of their ideologies. Liberalism was the most adaptable flexible ideology it survived and outlasted the other two and delivered better results in societies that chose it.
What part of Liberalism you are depends what you prioritize in Liberalism. Left-Right is defined on a Liberal scale in many a senses by the three parties now because it won so significantly. Too many people to my concern put too many eggs in the Social Liberalism basket than they should, others put too many eggs in the Economic Liberalism basket than they should and others become libertarians and put too much in the Personal Liberalism basket. David Laws is the centrist he suggests re-alignment and equilibrium of the Liberalisms to reclaim it, balancing the three is key and should be important to the current modern Lib Dem agenda.
He get's called right-wing because the Lib Dems had forgot their Economic Liberalism and so he wants to put more eggs in that basket which, to a lefty it makes him a big evil righty, when in reality he is a centrist. Reclaiming Liberalism is all about doing just that reclaiming the three spheres of Liberalism and balancing them with each other and not letting one of them dominate the others too much or you end up taking a side and supporting an interest, this is what the Lib Dems fairness agenda actually is, re-alignment to the Lib Dem natural position reclaiming the ideology and not choosing sides. It truly is the pure centre and David Laws is massively misunderstood and is the biggest Liberal Democrat with the Orange Book grouping you could find. Liberalism is naturally pragmatism when you balance those three spheres it is the ideal.