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 AvatarDr David Hill 25th Jun - 10:13pm
    Build our independent economy on hi-tech industries as over 40 of the world's most eminent applied scientists, including 8-Nobel Laureates told the Blair government during...
  • User AvatarChristopher Haigh 25th Jun - 10:08pm
    @Matt, I think it was David Cameron who said he would honour the result of his referendum.
  • User AvatarJoan Hand 25th Jun - 10:08pm
    @ Simon Shaw Sorry you spoilt your paper and the opportunity to choose. Why did you not accept the 'legitimacy of the referendum'? I voted...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 25th Jun - 10:05pm
    @ Matt - thanks for taking it seriously, but you missed the point, there is no leave position on these issues. I expect all the...
  • User AvatarHywel 25th Jun - 10:03pm
    @AndrewR - interesting question. As I read Art 50* once notification has been given then the treaties cease to apply on two years from that...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 25th Jun - 9:59pm
    "people who never normally bother to vote, turning out to vote in large numbers." yep, the ones who don't vote for their MEPs, local Councillors...