Naomi Smith
Naomi Smith is Chair of the Social Liberal Forum
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Entries by Naomi Smith

Cash Is King... Well, Baron at Least

(8) Comments | Posted 22 March 2015 | (23:00)

We must elect the Lords. Not only is it embarrassingly undemocratic for the UK to retain an appointed legislature, but according to new research from Oxford University, it could also be corrupt.

This weekend, amidst fresh allegations of dodgy donations in the House of Lords,...

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Lib Dem Activists Fight to Uphold Core Values

(5) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (23:00)

The questions raised by Alistair Webster QC's statement on the report in to allegations against Chris Rennard leave a bitter taste. Webster notes that "the evidence of behaviour which violated the personal space and autonomy of the complainants was broadly credible", and "that Lord Rennard ought to reflect upon the...

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Jeremy Browne Poses a False Dichotomy

(1) Comments | Posted 18 October 2013 | (14:09)

In today's Times newspaper, the recently dismissed Liberal Democrat minister Jeremy Browne, has called on his Party to abandon its traditional radical and progressive stance, despite this being the very rationale of its foundation and its major appeal for most members.

There's a plethora of problems with his thesis...

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Osborne's Budget Won't Kickstart Economy

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2013 | (10:09)

The most welcome element of Osborne's budget is the introduction of the Liberal Democrat policy to raise the personal tax allowance to £10,000 next year, taking the poorest earners out of income tax altogether. The rest, I'm afraid, fails to be sufficiently progressive to satiate the social liberal majority within...

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Nick Clegg Must Deliver a Fair Sustainable Economy

(1) Comments | Posted 18 December 2012 | (09:33)

Nick Clegg's speech yesterday at the Royal Commonwealth Society has left me baffled. He claims to position the Liberal Democrats as "governing from the centre ground". If only. Instead, the area he has chosen to occupy, is a bizarre electoral wasteland where few voters exist.

His speech mentioned 'opportunity'...

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