Author Archives: Alasdair Murray

What would a liberal, progressive migration policy for the UK look like?

As the next election begins to loom into view, the issue of immigration continues to pose a challenge for liberal progressives of all political persuasions. A new report published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) makes a rich and valuable contribution to this essential debate on the future of British migration policy.

There are few politicians who would disagree with the report’s urgent call to “actively engage with the issue of migration – and the reality of people’s views on it”. The extent to which the political ‘elite’ have avoided talking about immigration has been exaggerated …

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Opinion: Is it possible to be liberal and popular on immigration?

In those heady days that followed the post-debate Clegg-bounce during the last election, one issue suddenly began to dominate on the doorsteps: immigration.

Spooked by the Lib Dem surge, the Conservatives and their willing allies in the press sought to deflate the Clegg bubble by returning to dog whistle issues, such as immigration.

Whether this approach greatly affected the final outcome is questionable, but there is no doubt it forced many candidates on the defensive. Rather than having an opportunity to talk about our positive policies we were spending time trying to counter the perception that we were ‘soft’ on immigration.

Worse, the …

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The Independent View: the Lib/Lab relationship past, present, future

Few in a Labour party currently riven by civil war and threatened with electoral wipe-out will be giving much thought to the relationship with the Liberal Democrats.

For their part, the Lib Dems are busy putting as much distance as possible from the government as they seek to take advantage of Labour’s current political weakness. Yet, as I argued recently in an issue of Progress magazine the very same factors currently driving them apart – Nick Clegg’s redirection of the Lib Dems and the resurgence of the Tories – may in fact end up moving them closer together in …

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  • User Avatartheakes 1st Aug - 12:39pm
    Judging from this weeks local election results so far, the end is nigh. They are too awful to print out. Will we ever learn.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 1st Aug - 12:28pm
    Even more unfortunately (and has been pointed out ad nauseam before, which is why I knew exactly what Stuart was referring to), it doesn't say...
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 1st Aug - 12:27pm
    We know that the coalition demands on teachers to improve education standards has meant a sharp decline in teachers' support for the Lib Dem party....
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 1st Aug - 12:16pm
    Stuart, Your problem is that you've cited a statement by Clegg in 2010, when Clegg could reasonably guess that his favourite partner, the Tories, would...
  • User AvatarJames Baker 1st Aug - 12:00pm
    @Peter I would agree if the independent hadn't been elected on a mandate of opposing the controversial road scheme, and there wasn't also a petition...
  • User AvatarStuart 1st Aug - 11:51am
    @Malcolm Todd http://www.libdemvoice.org/liblink-nick-clegg-the-liberal-democrats-are-not-for-sale-17434.html