Tim Farron spoke to Lib Dem members on Thursday July 10 and told them: “Leaders need to be traders in optimism.”
Asked about the general election result, he said: “This is not our first near death experience.”
He was concerned that some politicians, primarily from UKIP, could occupy a place in politics that they didn’t deserve and become an insurgent force.
Mr Farron said: “Let’s have nuanced compassion for refugees.”
He said that migration should be treated as a blessing, not a curse.
When asked about the Greek crisis in the Eurozone, Mr Farron said: “Economics is about people.”
He said that he was apprehensive about humiliating the Greek people which may lead to a swing from the far left, Syriza party, to the far right.
“Mrs Merkel is potentially stoking a monster that we may not be able to control,” he said.
Mr Farron said: “Politics should be at the highest level necessary and the lowest level possible.”
He urged party activists to win a ward in Brighton and Hove and change lives.
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