Author Archives: Carl Quilliam

The weekend debate: Should Boris Johnson get his way on London’s tax take?

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Incumbent Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has developed plans for Londoners to keep more of the tax revenue generated in the city to spend on better public services. Boris said the capital should be getting a greater return from the tax it contributes to the exchequer.

According to the Evening Standard the equivalent of £2,500 for every Londoner goes to other parts of the UK rather than being spent on public services in the capital.

Boris Johnson said that London should no longer be …

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The weekend debate: Should Lib Dems support the pasty tax?

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The details of the budget have been trailed extensively in the media and the blogosphere. We’ve had the increase in the personal income tax allowance, we’ve had the ‘granny tax’ and we’ve had a new stamp duty level of 7% for homes worth more than £2m. There were always going to be winners and losers in this fiscally neutral budget. But arguably the one measure that affects every self-respecting Briton is …

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The weekend debate: Should we support dropping the 50p tax rate?

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With leaks pouring out of the Treasury pointing towards the dropping of the 50p tax rate for high-earners above £150k in this week’s budget it seems a good time to have a robust debate about its merits.

The 50p rate was one of the party’s most high profile policies under Charles Kennedy, but was dropped in 2006 with greater emphasis instead placed on taxing wealth not income, as well as pollution taxes. However, in government, we have broadly supported the 50p rate’s retention …

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The Weekend Debate: Should we boycott the Murdoch machine?

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This week Labour MP Tom Watson and others made a fair amount of fuss on Twitter about ‘Blue Labour’s’ Lord (Maurice) Glasman intending to write for the new ‘Sun on Sunday’, Rupert Murdoch’s replacement for the disgraced News of the World.

Watson’s position seems to be that anyone associating themselves with the Sun or the Murdoch press is tacitly condoning their behaviour over phone hacking.

So firstly, should we as …

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The weekend debate: When should an MP rebel against their party?

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In the Australian system even a single rebellion against your party can mean the whip is withdrawn but in the UK we’re much more used to MPs ‘crossing the floor’ and voting against their party.

In fact there’s been a fair amount of coverage on Lib Dem Voice of Mark Pack’s research on the number of backbench Lib Dem MPs who have rebelled against the government since the last election.

One could argue that MPs have a duty to vote with the party …

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The weekend debate: Should Stephen Hester accept his bonus?

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Since the £963, 000 shares bonus for RBS Chief Executive Stephen Hester has been revealed there have been opinions pouring out from across the political spectrum.

When Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of a “failure of leadership” over it, Cameron promptly distanced himself from the process altogether, with George Osborne claiming it was due to rules put in place by Labour.

Boris Johnson seems to be against it, as is our usually economically …

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The weekend debate: Should we do business with people who don’t share our values?

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The weekend debates have been light on foreign policy so far, so for those foreign policy buffs out there here’s one inspired by our former leader.

Over at Ted talks, Paddy Ashdown has been discussing ‘the global power shift’ from the West to the rest and in particular to the nations around the Pacific rim.

He touches on a lot of areas, including what the future of global governance might look like, how long American power might remain dominant and the growth of …

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  • User AvatarDavid 6th May - 3:57pm
    MichaelBG: if my Auntie had b*lls, she'd be my uncle. It wasn't a General Election and anyone who tries to draw Commons conclusions from it...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 6th May - 3:46pm
    Recently the BBC are saying that if this had been a general election we would have 19 MPs! @Paul Barker The BBC disagree with you...
  • User AvatarHywel 6th May - 3:43pm
    Part of the problem Paul is that this has all been said before - after each year in 2010-15 (and a few times before that...
  • User AvatarDavid 6th May - 3:41pm
    Yay! We have smashed it in Watford! 5 from Tories (wiped out); 1 from Lab. 25 seats to Lab's 11. real good news.
  • User AvatarRuth Bright 6th May - 3:36pm
    Fantastic gain in Gateshead too.
  • User AvatarMary Reid 6th May - 3:12pm
    David Thanks for the hack! I had to type it in rather than copy and paste.
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