Author Archives: Neville Farmer

Opinion: Let’s stop pussyfooting over property prices

According to a report published by Shelter this week, if the price of an oven ready chicken had risen as fast as the price of the average house since 1971, it would cost £51.18. House prices simply have to fall if we’re to find any way out of our economic mess and many of those with mortgages are going to have to take a hit. What we need to do is to ensure that the pain is borne by those who can best afford it… and who caused the problem in the first place.

We need to get over our obsession …

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Opinion: Boundary nonsense

Boundary - Some rights reserved by ank0kuOn the face of it, the boundary change proposals were about cutting costs by having less MPs and strengthening democracy by having each MP represent roughly identical numbers of voters. Neither of these claims bear close scrutiny.

Our democracy is not a simple thing – it struggles its way through the conflicting needs of the nation and the individual. It is unrealistic to base our representation on population statistics alone. It’s true that there are a few Parliamentary seats with fairly sparsely populated

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Opinion: What free press?

Stand strong, Nick. Do not cave to Cameron over Leveson because if you do so, you go against your party’s wishes and, according to the polls, those of 86% of Daily Mail readers!

As a journalist, I have long defended the principle of a free press as a vital plank of democracy. The protests of journalists that we are facing the abyss are not unfounded. Yet there is a myth about the British press that is more fantastic than many of the stories it publishes; the myth that we have a “free” press, at all. The sheer quantity of coverage across …

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  • User AvatarTom Papworth 28th Jul - 4:05pm
    "The Veil of Ignorance ... might not be possible: this is a challenge not a recipe." To be clear, Rawls never suggested that the Veil...
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    With both The Times & Mirror calling for Reform theres a real possiblity of building pressure for a Convention.
  • User AvatarAdam Ramsay 28th Jul - 3:58pm
    Just a minor correction - he wasn't chair of the West Midlands Young Greens. He was co-convener. Along with a female co-convener. We can draw...
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 28th Jul - 3:55pm
    A first class article by Paul Reynolds. I propose the President comes forward with solutions ....... and that we don't form a Committee to do...
  • User AvatarAimee Challenor 28th Jul - 3:49pm
    @Terry to quote from yourself " as well as the role of chair of the under 30’s branch of the midlands region of the party."...
  • User AvatarGordon 28th Jul - 3:45pm
    Paul - thanks for this article. I read somewhere that Norman Lamb, who was for some time chair of the Federal Policy Committee, was baffled...