The Liberal Predicament

  • D. E. Butler
  • Anthony King


At the first Liberal assembly which Mr. Grimond addressed as leader, in the autumn of 1957, he asserted that the party had passed the point of no return:

“In the next ten years, it is a question of get on or get out. Let us make it get on.”


Proportional Representation Labour Party Liberal Party Land Commission Deputy Chairmanship 
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  1. 1.
    Jo Grimond, ‘ The Liberals and the Government’, Guardian, September, 20th, 1965.Google Scholar
  2. Much the best account of Liberal thinking at this time is to be found in Alan Watkins, ‘Mr. Grimond Spells It Out’, Spectator, September 24th, 1965. The writer stressed how little Mr. Grimond’s views changed. He also pointed out that Mr. Grimond was prepared to see the Liberals merging with the Labour party; many of his colleagues were interested only in replacing Labour.Google Scholar

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© D. E. Butler and Anthony King 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. E. Butler
    • 1
  • Anthony King
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.University of EssexUK

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