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A former candidate reflects on the diversity motion

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As a white, straight, able-bodied, British man who was a candidate last May and has aspirations to run again, I wanted to offer the perspective of one of the ‘over-represented’ as we approach Sunday’s diversity debate.

When I saw the text, the realisation that the motion would have significant consequences for me and my ilk was unavoidable.  The motion promises us training and support and that we will be ‘valued’.  But along with positive discrimination in general election selections we are also promised proposals on wider party diversity including in party structures and local government.  The feeling I experienced on reading the motion must be akin to turkey being offered training and support in the run up to a gender-neutral, multi-faith Winter festival.

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Opinion: Rational energy policy must be central to 2015 manifesto

The alarm raised by the Chief Executive of Ofgem earlier this week over a looming energy ‘near crisis’ will not have come as a shock to most people. This is not the first time we have heard how our islands will struggle to support increasing energy demands in a carbon constrained world.

However, the major insight that Ofgem has provided relates to timing. Ofgem’s analysis points very clearly to 2015 as being the critical year when our reliance on imported gas could lead to a major spike in bills.

Lest we forget, 2015 is also the year of the next general election. …

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  • User AvatarBarry Snelson 28th Sep - 2:10pm
    Paul, I align with Glenn here. I think the op-ed you penned here triggers a debate beyond Trump's chances but moves into segmentation, and thus...
  • User AvatarBernard Salmon 28th Sep - 2:06pm
    I wonder whether Trump managed to damage himself with those non-college-educated whites with his debate performance. I suspect not many of them, especially those who...
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    Only thing, the self same baby boomers voted heavily in favour of joining the community in 1975.
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    J Dunn - all the people I know (and they are few and far between) that do something like that are locums - they aren't...
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    @Tsar Nicholas "Thank you for your contribution to the discussion. Trump’s response to the question contained the following paragraph: 'I looked the other night. I...
  • User AvatarGlenn 28th Sep - 12:58pm
    Paul. I'm not interested in a detailed breakdown of anyone' s supporters because it's almost invariably used to undermine those voters.. It like when people...