Author Archives: Matt Wood

Opinion: Don’t reform the House of Lords; scrap it

After the humiliating defeat of the AV referendum, a system to which no party aspired to before the General Election, and the disastrous rout of elected Lib Dems in Scotland and England, serious questions must be asked about the future direction of the party and its place in the coalition government.

In order to reclaim the trust of the British electorate, we need to be bold and radical, and we must speak up for the aspirations of the British people, particularly the disillusioned young; the Facebook generation, who are the future of our democracy. Despite Nick Clegg’s promise of a ‘New …

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Opinion: ‘Dirty tricks’ politics is destroying British democracy

Politics should be about constructive debate and people working together to find solutions to common problems like global warming, the economy, social cohesion and public health. Most people get involved in politics for the right reasons, primarily because they want to change the world or help their local community.

However, if you read the Sunday newspapers, it would appear that all politicians do these days is fiddle their expenses and think of new ways to smear their opponents. The resignation of Damian McBride following his alleged plans to smear to Tories, is just the latest in a long line of …

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  • User Avatarmatt 9th Dec - 3:03pm
    @AndrewR Whats the criterion of judging that sea of change? A couple of opinion polls, based on a couple of thousand responses to a telephone...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 9th Dec - 2:51pm
    Sadly 11% in one yougov poll could be normal variation, (although I hope its part of a trend) I wonder how much of a bounce...
  • User AvatarTom Papworth 9th Dec - 2:51pm
    @Jayne Mansfield No. The occupation of India was, over the long term, a massive drain on the UK's resources. It was neither "economically advantageous" nor...
  • User AvatarWilliam Ross 9th Dec - 2:37pm
    Psi I would have been "furious" if a Leave Parliament had triggered Article 50 against a Remain referendum win. I am a democrat after all....
  • User AvatarManfarang 9th Dec - 2:33pm
    Yougov- the Lib Dems gained two points to hit 11 per cent. Still low but moving in the right direction.
  • User AvatarP. J. 9th Dec - 2:22pm
    The first thing needed to establish a steady state economy is to balance the budget. Successive governments have got away with budget deficits and increased...