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 AvatarSILVIO 14th Feb - 1:59pm
    The road to getting a second chance with voters who punished the party so badly at the Election is going to be so much harder...
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 14th Feb - 1:32pm
    Hi Stuart I agree with you there. Like you, I don't think you can interpret the AV referendum as a vote in support of FPTP....
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 14th Feb - 1:30pm
    Hi Lorenzo I take your point about coalition. Thanks for the encouragement!
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 14th Feb - 1:25pm
    The trouble with the trade argument is that it's all based on guesswork and therefore seen as scaremongering. We need a positive case for a...
  • User AvatarRsf7 14th Feb - 1:25pm
    A very brave and bold policy. I'm actually amazed. That's four things that jump out at me in the run up to the Scottish elections...
  • User AvatarThomas Shakespeare 14th Feb - 1:20pm
    Great article, Mark! We have to ask who we are fighting back against. If it's the electorate, that won't get us anywhere.