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Will Self teases the threads of the 'yellow cardigan'

Until recently, unkind political wonks have considered the Liberal Democrats to be a bit of a political joke, and have saddled them with a sandal-wearing, guitar-strumming hippy image.

Author Will Self investigates them as they experience a surge in popularity and reports on whether it is time to re-examine the nature of a modern Liberal Democrat.

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