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 Avatarstuart moran 23rd Sep - 3:17pm
    Eddie 1. Wow - completely unacceptable. If AV requires a referendum, the Scottish, Welsh and Irish assemblies had referenda then why not English devolution. Polls...
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 23rd Sep - 3:13pm
    Let's take the example of Free Schools in England. 1. Do we want the MP's for Scottish constituencies to have a casting vote on whether...
  • User AvatarGeorge Potter 23rd Sep - 3:11pm
    @Kay Kirkham As I say in the first paragraph of the article: "following the pledge of home rule for Scotland by all three major party...
  • User Avatarfake 23rd Sep - 3:10pm
    It should be raised, not lowered, stupid idea. The voting age has nothing to do with lack of interest in politics.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 23rd Sep - 3:08pm
    Hi Stuart, answers to your questions: 1. No to a referendum on Eng. Parliament. We just need evidence of public support through polls. 2. Only...
  • User AvatarDav 23rd Sep - 2:55pm
    If someone is old enough to get married (which you can do without parental consent in Scotland at 16), or serve in our armed forces,...