That 1983 general election contained the telltale seeds of eventual Scottish Tory self-destruction.
In my view, nations together are stronger than when they are isolated. And because they are stronger, their people are more free, not less.
We Liberal Democrats don't believe we should use the tax structure to champion just one type of family.
Liberal Democracy is all about extending choice. Give people the option to decide their retirement age, and you immediately extend their freedom in a very significant way.
Yes, you need substance in politics - but I think your style also says something about how you arrive at some of your conclusions.
It is the government's fundamental duty to ensure the security of every individual citizen.
Terrorism gravely threatens international peace and security, and as a solution, the power and apparent finality of force are seductive.
It's our job as Liberal Democrats to be an effective opposition - and an increasingly tough one as well.
The way to defeat international terrorism is through international cooperation based on international law, clear intelligence, and a measured and appropriate military response.
Just as we Liberal Democrats opposed the flawed logic of that war in Iraq - we will oppose the flawed government claim that we have to surrender our fundamental rights in order to improve our security.
Music and politics are in essence about communication. Without over-stretching the analogy I do feel a sense of rhythm is important in getting your message across.