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 AvatarJohn Roffey 30th Mar - 6:29pm
    Sorry about to odd mistakes in the above post - the first brandy is poured at 6.00 pm precisely!
  • User AvatarManfarang 30th Mar - 6:25pm
    Harold 'the pound in your pocket' Wilson did keep Britain out of Vietnam but many in the Labour movement were disillusioned by the end of...
  • User AvatarStimpson 30th Mar - 6:23pm
    The greatest leader the party has ever had, and the best statesman this country currently has by miles. It is a shame that a combination...
  • User AvatarStephen Campbell 30th Mar - 6:22pm
    @Stimpson: "Labour are hard left under Miliband. " I always look forward to your posts, as they are brilliantly funny! In your world, you probably...
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 30th Mar - 6:18pm
    ATF 30th Mar '15 - 5:06pm "I worry greatly about any party that either wants the UK to break up, a regressive rather than progressive...
  • User AvatarJones 30th Mar - 6:16pm
    Thanks for the post, I quite agree.
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