Oxford University Liberal Democrats is one of the oldest - if not the oldest - university political society in the country, tracing its origin
to the Liberal Club founded in 1913. I was the President of OULD in Trinity Term 1990! The Club in its different incarnations boasts
a great variety of Liberal (and not so Liberal) luminaries amongst its alumni - but you can find out about them on other pages.
The Friends of OULD was started by Dr Tim Leunig, now Tutor in Economic History at the London School of Economics, in 1993,
as a means of keeping former members in touch with the Club and what it was doing - and of raising money, quite understandably.
We had a newsletter called 'Despatches' which metamorphosed into 'A Liberal View' a few years later. I took over in 1997, when a
rendezvous was arranged at Carfax in Oxford with Mr Mark Egan who thrust a box of papers into my hand and a second box which
turned out to contain hundreds of Club ties commissioned some six years before by my friend Mr Sam Best-Shaw; following the
precedent set by my predecessors, I failed to sell a solitary one, though I did lose a few and eventually the lot. He then ran away very
FOULD was pretty successful (in the sense that it continued existing), managing to keep people informed and even supporting the
election of councillors and other campaigns. Thanks to a slew of friends who somehow remained friends we filled a magazine each
term. But by mid-2001 it was clear that 'Liberal View' had run out of steam, and even if it hadn't, I had. I failed to find anyone else to
palm it off on and the whole thing sputtered to a halt. Now, however, we've at last moved into the magical world of the Internet, and
hopefully may achieve our ends even better this way.
So do have a look at what's here. Some of it's even interesting!