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Cash Is King... Well, Baron at Least

Naomi Smith | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Naomi Smith

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.

Jeremy Browne Poses a False Dichotomy

Naomi Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Naomi Smith

Jeremy Browne, like Nick Clegg so many times before him, poses a false dichotomy when he says the Party must choose whether to be a party of protest or of Government. Liberal Democrats want the Party to be an effective Party Government, which upholds the principles it says it stands for, not to be hijacked by those seeking a mid-career boost...

Recovery Is Down To Lib Dems Insists Alexander

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

The government has "seen the economy through its darkest hour", Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander will declare as he urges Liberal Democrats to...

A Pyrrhic Victory?

Gareth Epps | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Gareth Epps

This morning a huge number of Liberal Democrats called for the Government to implement existing Party housing policy. At the behest of the party leadership, this existing policy was voted down. Not only does this cause the Liberal Democrats a short-term policy difficulty in working out what its housing policy is - a pity as it was a good one - but it hands our political opponents a completely unnecessary political vacuum where Liberals are and the only British party representing Liberals should be.

Lib Dems Vote For Austerity Again..

PA | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg saw off a challenge to his authority over Liberal Democrat economic policy today, as rebel amendments were overwhelmingly defeated at the p...

Osborne's Budget Won't Kickstart Economy

Naomi Smith | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Politics
Naomi Smith

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 the Liberal Democrat party membership.

Vince Cable: The Balance of Economic Risks Have Changed, So Should Our Policy

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

Vince Cable is making the weightiest contribution on economic policy and theory by any serving government minister in years if not decades.

Ned Simons

Nick Clegg Consigning Lib Dems To 'Electoral Wasteland', Says Left Wing Of Party | Ned Simons | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg's attempt to position the Lib Dems in the centre ground of British politics has left the party occupying "a bizarre electoral wasteland whe...

Nick Clegg Must Deliver a Fair Sustainable Economy

Naomi Smith | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Politics
Naomi Smith

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.

A Liberal, Democratic Conference That Supports a Fairer, More Sustainable Political Economy

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

Following the gathering of evidence from experts in their fields, conference will debate several substantive motions on housing, socio-economic inequality, sources of sustainable prosperity and jobs and workplace democracy.

Schrödinger's Tory - David Davis is Both Dead Right and Dangerously Wrong

Dr Prateek Buch | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Prateek Buch

Disquiet at the continued economic malaise has spread to Tory ranks; David Davis delivered a withering assessment of the Coalition's record on economic growth and employment, and proposed a series of reforms to address the failings he identified. Rather like the most famous feline in physics, Davis was utterly right in the former whilst being utterly misguided in the latter - a masterful feat indeed.