Author Archives: Mike Green

Opinion: Federation is necessary

I think we Lib Dems can all be happy about the turnout in the referendum, and the result it gave us. It truly showed that if you give people the democratic opportunity to have a voice, they will seize it. While that very specific question is answered there are many more that remain.

While it’s early days yet, all it seems we’ve been offered by Cameron is English votes on English issues within the present structure. At the risk of being cynical, the simple barring of non-English MPs seems to serve to retain FPTP in a legislature that will serve both the union and England. It would lend the Tories a permanent electoral advantage in the English sub-section of Westminister. One must also consider the impracticality of operating a Parliament within a Parliament, and particularly sharing an executive. How can (assuming the vast majority of issues are now devolved) a government that exists because of a majority in the union Parliament decide the ministerial positions that exercise power only over England? This is not an acceptable option.

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Opinion: If Putin wishes for another cold war…

Putin photo by World Economic ForumOne of the legacies of more than 10 years of conflict, including an illegal war in Iraq, is a war weariness. Weariness on a matter so crucial as war is a healthy thing. If our government had been more weary then the unfortunate consequences we see to this day may have been avoided. But we must not let weariness become blindness. NATO has confirmed that Russia has invaded Ukraine. The most recent in a long list of endeavours from Moldova to Georgia designed to expand the territory and influence of Russia; to realise Putin’s imperial project. He’s demonstrated his willingness to sacrifice money, Russia’s relationship with the West, and thousands of civilians. We need a change of policy.

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Opinion: the case for intervention in Syria

Being up all night does give me somewhat of an advantage as far as news goes. As I’m writing this even the BBC has not yet covered what’s been seen on NBC, CNN, Russia Today and others. Namely, the reports that Assad has had chemical and biological weapons prepared for use. Obviously, at this point we’re unable to establish if this is fact, what we do know however is that Syria is in possession of these weapons and Assad’s regime is clawing along on its last breaths.

I don’t need to establish how devastating chemical and biological weapons like these can …

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  • User AvatarDavid Allen 24th Oct - 5:12pm
    The words "building bridges", used by Marc, leap off the page as I read this. Because building bridges is what we fail to do. What...
  • User AvatarT-J 24th Oct - 4:52pm
    @Matthew Huntbach We can't all have everything. But, the goal that I was looking at when voting Yes was the end of our centralised unitary...
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 24th Oct - 4:25pm
    I don't entirely buy the narrative that Matthew Green is advocating that , ' In 1974 Britain was a miserable place, Terrible public services, lots...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 24th Oct - 4:24pm
    T-J But the campaign behind it was selling green socialism paid for by oil exports and corporate tax breaks, In other words, playing to the...
  • User AvatarT-J 24th Oct - 4:22pm
    The SNP faithful expect to either monopolise or at least dominate the Scottish seats next year, and in all honesty I am seeing very little...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 24th Oct - 4:18pm
    JohnTilley So it would appear that in 2014 in Scotland the poor, alienated and dispossessed have found a place to go, and that includes going...