Author Archives: James King

Opinion: Feeling at home with housing policy

With the general election less than two years away, it is increasingly important for the Lib Dems to pursue ‘differentiation’ from our coalition partners. This includes advancing clear and specific Lib Dem proposals that we will seek to deliver this side of the election. But we should also start highlighting priorities which will form the basis of our pitch to the electorate in 2015.

The emerging agenda includes support for wealth taxes, defence of EU membership and the protection of civil liberties. These issues are as important as ever, but at this stage our platform seems light on ‘social liberalism’ and …

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Opinion: Four point plan for a liberal, democratic Europe

Europe is rising up the political agenda. It’s an issue that could bring down David Cameron or break-up the coalition. Yet the Liberal Democrats are strangely silent. The EU didn’t appear on the Brighton conference agenda and we no longer have a Minister in the Foreign Office. We need to develop a vision for a liberal, democratic EU and get smart about fighting for it.

Here’s my four point plan:

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Opinion: 5 reasons the AV referendum lost

Here is my take on the five main reasons why the UK gave such a comprehensive thumbs down to AV, with one important lesson for the future:

  1. Tuition fees and trust – This is not the place to rehearse all the arguments on tuition fees. But there can be no denying that it was a significant turning point in public perceptions of Nick Clegg. Even though over 300 Tory MPs voted for higher fees, the Conservative-dominated No campaign ruthlessly exploited this as an argument against coalitions in general and Clegg in particular. While I believe the policy itself can be justified, Clegg clearly under-estimated the political cost of a U-turn, particularly in the context ofacritical referendum that needed to be won only a few months later.
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    I don't understand how some local parties are not entitled to any reps - surely this is a mistake.
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    Teena Lashmore Thank you for providing the link to Oliver Wainwright’s Guardian article on 17 September 2014 This is very well written and very well...
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    Good luck with this Daisy. I fully back this - the voting rep system disenfranchises party staff (who we should be treating well post rennard)...
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    I am really angry at what Theresa May said. As a victim of Childhood sexual abuse I take it very personal when political parties try...
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    We should introduce a wealth cap of £5 billion in the UK. We could eventually lower it to £1 billion, but considering the makeup of...
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    Yes - that would work. The transaction would be at each coffee house in the same way that VAT is charged. I suppose abandoning corporation...