I first heard of this book after the 2010 General Election, although it was published in 2004. I doubt if many other people had heard of it before then, either. The full title is “The Orange Book: Reclaiming Liberalism”. The term Liberalism, as well as the colour orange hark back to the days of the old Liberal Party, before it merged with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to become the Social and Liberal Democrats, which was later shortened to just the Liberal Democrats. From what I’ve read, this book and the policies it promotes are more like the Liberal Party of the late 19th or early 20th Century, than what people have come to expect today. It turns out that four of the five Lib Dem cabinet members are co authors of the Orange Book. Various political commentators are now saying that it seems Lib Dem policy has reverted back to Liberal policies of the early 20th century. This is very worrying! Classic comments by Mrs Thatcher saying that Mr Gladstone would have wanted to join her Conservative Party are ringing in my ears. Even the slave labour advocate, mass murderer Adam Smith has been cited somewhere as an influence!
To sum up, as I never heard of this book or these policies before the General Election, they don’t apply.
IMPOSE PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION AND ABOLISH JOBSEEKERS’ ALLOWANCE HARASSMENT NOW!