Author Archives: Jonathan Baldie

Opinion: Cease this injustice

I was outraged to find out yesterday in my copy of The Times that the University of Edinburgh, my alma mater, has been selling off internships with Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) for an eye-popping £5,750.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly would love the opportunity to undertake such work, but at such a price I cannot. This is disadvantage defined, as those who can afford it can have such an educating experience.

The internship involves completing “three academic courses which are classroom based, followed by a research project supervised by a member of the Scottish Parliament and an …

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Opinion: Lib Dems promoting human rights abroad

As a Liberal Democrat member*, I’m proud of the fact that our  party is in government, with ministers making tough choices about the UK.

While most attention is on electoral reform and tuition fees, I want to steer your attention towards foreign policy. In the Foreign Office there is one Lib Dem minister, Jeremy Browne MP. He takes the responsibility in the FCO for human rights policy among other things.

Mr Browne recently made an excellent Q&A video on YouTube last month, focussing on the UK’s action on promoting foreign policy abroad:

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    @Bill le Breton - Miliband has just said excatly what Nick Clegg has done - no deals whatsoever with the SNP. - That message is...
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    The only remotely tolerable outcome for the election is for the Lib Dems to maintain a decent slice of their MPs but for Labour only...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 26th Apr - 10:22am
    Brilliant assessment Sesenco. This really is a battle for our existence.
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    Adrian PR's scenario looks plausible to me. Assume SNP hold the balance between two more-or-less equal large parties (and Clegg is wrong, it matters not...
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    Paul, the danger here is that we are relying on a campaign about indirect process and not about direct action. The existential threat to ourselves...
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    Glenn "A lot of Lib Dems believe in devolved power, don’t support the renewal of trident and have huge doubts about HS2 so joining the...