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 AvatarEddie Sammon 4th Oct - 4:00pm
    I don't agree with all of "the west's" foreign policy that was meant to say. Sorry, predictive text.
  • User AvatarTonyJ 4th Oct - 3:57pm
    Jeez. You can never beat our Paddy when it comes to an anecdote about someone, can you??! :)
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 4th Oct - 3:56pm
    Good speech. I particularly like the part about willingness to act with partial information. Once the important facts have been established then in an emergency...
  • User AvatarTony Dawson 4th Oct - 3:42pm
    "There is a school of thought in this party that puts our atrocious result down to the Tory’s scaremongering about the SNP and Labour in...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 4th Oct - 3:25pm
    @ John Marriott, Perhaps the General Public understand rather more than you think about coalitions. a) First past the posts not a appropriate system for...
  • User AvatarSueS 4th Oct - 3:04pm
    I was going to say I agree with Tony Hill and then, darn it , he said he agreed with Simon Shaw! I do wish...