On the quality of political commentary at The Guardian

I think this guy is actually a professor somewhere as well:

The Liberal Democrats should change their name to the Liberals. Here\’s why.Blah, blah, blah for 800 words. And that\’s the final reason why, at their next party conference, the Liberal Democrats should change their name to the Liberals.

Apparently Tim Garton Ash does not know that there already is something called \”The Liberal Party\”. The rump of the old party, essentially the Manchester Liberals who could not bear to get into bed with the social democrats like Shirley Williams. And Polly.

Err, sorry for that image there, mind bleach is available over in the corner.

So, if the main political column in a major national newspaper can be based on such an ignorance, well, what value should we place on the rest of that paper\’s output?

5 thoughts on “On the quality of political commentary at The Guardian”

  1. “what value should we place on the rest of that paper’s output?”

    Maybe they should build themselves a paywall and they/we would find out. However I suspect the answer would be “not a lot”

  2. “Apparently Tim Garton Ash does not know that there already is something called “The Liberal Party”. The rump of the old party, essentially the Manchester Liberals who could not bear to get into bed with the social democrats like Shirley Williams. And Polly.”

    Yes, but he said “the Liberals”. Is there already a party called “the Liberals”?

    Tim adds: Pendantry is all very well….but the two are close enough that the Electoral Commission wouldn’t register it.

  3. I swore off The Guardian after they came out in favour of the Lib Dems but have drifted back because the alternatives are so dire.However I’ve never seen the point of Garton Ash- who gets gigs all over the place.He has nothing whatosever to say.

  4. The rump of the old party, essentially the Manchester Liberals who could not bear to get into bed with the social democrats like Shirley Williams. And Polly.

    That’s an interesting description of them. Yes,t ehy couldn’t stand the SDP lot. No, they weren’t Manchester Liberals in the sense you mean.

    Those I’ve met objected because the SDP were all horribly right-wing types. Which by their standards was mostly true.

  5. I have to say I’m rather chuffed at being accused of pedantry by Tim Worstall!

    I have no idea of the electoral commission’s stance on the similarity of names, but it seems reasonable enough to stop me from bothering to check it.

    I had a look at the liberal party a while back when I despaired at the name of the libetarian party (ugly!) They are more lefty than the lib dems. They should probably swap names…

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