Author Archives: Nicola Prigg

Opinion: Ed Miliband is out of touch

On Monday, Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition, launched the Labour Party’s local election campaign.

Ed proclaimed that the government is “out of touch”, and challenged us on growth, fairer taxes and a stronger society.

On growth, he claimed that we need to deal with the deficit otherwise we won’t have growth in the future.

On fairer taxes, Ed said we “are raising taxes for pensioners but cutting them for millionaires”.

Actually, this month has seen the personal tax allowance for pensioners increase, and from next year they are frozen until the personal tax allowance catches up. Or does Ed believe that pensioners …

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Opinion: “Capitalism is a great success story.” Really, Nick?

On Monday, Nick Clegg gave a speech on responsible capitalism. This was his first real foray into the debate since it has erupted as a major talking point, even though we as a party have been arguing the need to reform capitalism before it was cool.

Before criticising capitalism, he praised it by saying this:

Capitalism may be today’s political punchbag, but let’s take a long view: it’s one of history’s great success stories. No other human innovation has driven progress  and raised living standards so consistently. Markets catalyse ideas, invention and experimentation. When they work well, they are meritocratic and

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Opinion: A New Approach to our Union

The current approach to the United Kingdom doesn’t work.

The current approach treats each home nation as an individual, yet this approach leads to everyone pulling the centre in every direction. It leads to infighting, or to one country taking control and dictating to the others how they should be run. Neither result leads to a strong union.

We currently have the Scotland Bill going through Parliament devolving more powers to the Scottish Parliament; Wales passed a referendum giving its citizens the ability to pass primary legislation; and Nick Clegg has set up a commission to address the …

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  • User AvatarDan Ellis 20th Nov - 8:11pm
    I must agree with Jenny and Nick here. I'm all for trade agreements, but the objections here are about agreeing to giving corporations power over...
  • User AvatarSesenco 20th Nov - 8:05pm
    A slight correction to Olly's piece. Geoff Juby is a local councillor in the Gillingham constituency, not Rochester & Strood. We currently have no councillors...
  • User AvatarG 20th Nov - 8:02pm
    Sarah, I've not sought to excuse Israel, I have focused on statements which are hyperbolic to the point of offense. And comparing Israel to apartheid...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 20th Nov - 7:54pm
    I agree with Toby and Daniel - I think this is an incredibly level headed article on TTIP and I agree entirely. I think your...
  • User AvatarPaul in Wokingham 20th Nov - 7:40pm
    I thought the John Lewis ad was more interesting as a reflection on modern urban life. It clearly channels "The Sixth Sense" (right down to...
  • User Avatartheakes 20th Nov - 7:24pm
    John Tilley, your first comment, I agree 100%