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 …

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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 …

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  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 19th Apr - 10:01am
    Expats indeed, 26 seats would be a clear failure in Nick's own terms.
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 19th Apr - 10:00am
    Alex. I agree Clegg's performance is fair. He is still a good politician and I hope he has many years of useful service to the...
  • User AvatarJohn Dunn 19th Apr - 9:58am
    Phillip Thomas I think jedibeeftrix has it right, and would be the basis of a *free and fair* referendum. I'm very thankful that at least...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 19th Apr - 9:56am
    Philip Thomas 19th Apr '15 - 9:12am (“we will do so much better than anyone is expecting”) The problem with a statement like that is...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 19th Apr - 9:55am
    Maybe you could find a Labour voter in Charles' seat to swap your vote with, Steve.
  • User AvatarBigMak 19th Apr - 9:46am
    @ Malc No....because with Charles as leader we did and would never have got anywhere near actual power. So your list would be a mile...
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