Author Archives: Helen Tedcastle

Opinion: Assisted suicide – why the Falconer Bill must be rejected

Parliament Sunset - Photo by Greg KnappThe issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia has been presented in the media in a highly emotionally charged way in recent years, with several ‘hard cases’ of non-terminally ill people wanting to die. This has resulted in confusion over what exactly is at stake in the forthcoming Falconer Bill and of course, hard cases make bad law.

In the sad case of Tony Nicklinson, lawyers argued that he had Article 8 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (respect for private life and family). In their view, …

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Opinion: Michael Gove’s plans are a disaster for schools

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The publication last week of the All-Party Parliamentary Select Committee’s damning report into changes in qualifications at 16, signals a step-change in attitudes towards Michael Gove’s so-called ‘Education Revolution.’

The report makes for unsettling reading from a Liberal Democrat point of view.  And even Tory MP Graham Stuart, Chair of the Education Committee warns:

We have serious concerns about the Government’s proposed timetable for change. Ministers want to introduce a new qualification, require a step-change in standards, and alter the way exams are administered, all at the same time. We believe

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  • User AvatarPaul In Wokingham 1st Nov - 11:25am
    The comments by Liberal luminaries and the BTL comments from all wings of the party reinforce a point that has been made many times: Mr....
  • User AvatarTerry 1st Nov - 11:25am
    I favour an overseas appointment, too. I don't see why a judge from overseas could not be given the authority to compel testimony by Parliament....
  • User AvatarTerry 1st Nov - 11:17am
    But it is the leadership, isn't it? Personally, I don't want to be publicly associated with the current leadership among my friends and acquaintances, because...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 1st Nov - 11:07am
    The low numbers of Libdem candidates in Local Byelections is terrible news, both for what it says about our morale & for the the further...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 1st Nov - 10:48am
    tpfkar > sometimes there is no-one from the local party who wants to stand.
  • User AvatarStuart 1st Nov - 10:34am
    @Helen Tedcastle "it beggars belief that a party which claims to be both democratic and participatory, ‘decided’ not to stand someone and that the Leader...