Author Archives: Henry Vann

Question: Big or small government? Answer: effective

One prominent member of Liberal Youth hits the nail on the head when she says ‘ frankly sick of all this I’m a social liberal so I’m a better Lib Demno it’s Orange Bookers that are real Lib Dems… we’re in the same party ffs.’

And the contrasting Economist correspondent missed the target by a mile when he wrote – following our last conference – that ‘the Liberal Democrats are still in denial about their innate dividedness.’

You see according to this correspondent – quoted again in The Week – he has had a brilliant insight: ‘You cannot be both for, and against, the Big State.’ But whilst his truism is logically …

Posted in Op-eds | Tagged , , , and | 8 Comments

Opinion: a worse government

What would a minority Conservative government look like?

It is now widely accepted, by Jack Straw among many others, that a coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats would, sadly, have been unworkable.

The numbers didn’t add up, we suffered real difficulty – whichever account you believe – negotiating with Labour, and there was the ever-present threat of nationalist lobbying.

So the alternative was a Conservative minority government.

And what would this government have been able to pass through parliament with the support of the next biggest party Labour? What policies would be implemented by a minority Conservative government with Labour’s blessing?

Academies. This is …

Posted in Op-eds | Tagged | 34 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarJohnTilley 27th Jan - 8:12am
    David Allen 26th Jan '15 - 11:29pm "...............it makes absolutely no difference that a band of sad Old Libdems are still hanging around trying to...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 27th Jan - 7:48am
    Suddenly this issue has all become much clearer. The man who does not have the stomach for the fight the General Election as a Liberal...
  • User AvatarPaul Walter 27th Jan - 7:09am
    Caron 9:41pm - well said
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 27th Jan - 7:03am
    Mary, Apologies. When I read your words "national leaders" I took that to mean leaders of other nations. My mistake. Nevertheless, I think people will...
  • User Avatarmalc 27th Jan - 12:14am
    Why no calls from Caron for Nick Clegg's resignation for supporting secret courts? Surely that is also at odds with every thing the LibDems stand...
  • User AvatarAlice Thomas 27th Jan - 12:14am
    Simon - apologies yes, 4 black women and one woman of other ethnic heritage - see this article from 2012: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/jun/21/page-3-sun-sylvia-barrie The intention is not...