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What everyone has missed about the position of the Liberal Democrats

The debate over Jo Swinson’s tactics relies on an assumption that is incorrect

By Peter Kellner  

Back Johnson or Corbyn? That's not necessarily the right question. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images

Every general election presents the Liberal Democrats with a challenge. How should they position themselves against Labour and the Conservatives? Over the years they have tried a variety of tactics. A glance back at them helps us to understand the way Jo Swinson is wrestling with that question today.

In February 1974, the Liberals argued that they were Britain’s only radical party. They asked of their two rivals: “Which twin is the Tory?”…

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