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 AvatarPhilip Thomas 6th Mar - 9:19pm
    @Matthew What would it take for you to resume campaigning? A clear break with the Tories?
  • User AvatarStuart 6th Mar - 9:10pm
    @malc "The LibDems on 5% in a poll for the under 25’s – I think it may well be time to panic!" Just as well...
  • User AvatarStuart 6th Mar - 9:06pm
    @John Dunn "Once the mind has grasped that they are reading the comment of a Ukip supporter, they automatically assume that the comment has racist...
  • User Avatarmalc 6th Mar - 8:43pm
    Recent YouGov poll of young people for the British Youth Council. Amongst under 25s it shows voting intentions of CON 22%, LAB 36%, LDEM 5%,...
  • User AvatarAlex Sabine 6th Mar - 8:41pm
    These are some political books that I've enjoyed and learned from: Karl Popper, 'The Open Society and its Enemies' John Heilemann & Mark Halperin, 'Race...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 6th Mar - 8:23pm
    @Julian Gibb and @David Howell: I don't hate anybody or any party. It's amazing how so many commenters feel it's entirely reasonable to pull the...