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General election 2015: how to win a majority

Liberalism is the secret ingredient of British politics—and history. But though there are liberals in every party, they lack one that is clearly their home

By Philip Collins   March 2015

Liberal leader William Gladstone, around 1880

In his classic study The Strange Death of Liberal England, George Dangerfield wrapped an insight into a killer line. The Liberal landslide of 1906 was, he wrote, a victory from which the party never recovered. In the narrow terms of political fortune, a party that supplies the Deputy Prime Minister can hardly be said not to have recovered at all but, as the 2015 election skirmishes began, the Liberal Democrats came in at 5 per cent in one opinion…

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