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 AvatarDenis Mollison 21st Oct - 10:28pm
    PS And the two that don't apply in Scotland would not be my priorities in health and education. But then my priorities would largely be...
  • User AvatarDenis Mollison 21st Oct - 10:23pm
    Two purely financial aims, and two that don't apply in Scotland. I'm not getting out of bed to deliver leaflets with these key priorities!
  • User AvatarSteve Way 21st Oct - 10:15pm
    Promoting a woman to cabinet for just 7 months out of a 5 year period in government would probably be seen as tokenism and a...
  • User AvatarNick Perry 21st Oct - 10:09pm
    Right on the money.
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 21st Oct - 10:08pm
    Hi Stuart, I don't have much more to say on this for now. I'll just say I'm against any "tough" action on immigration. I think...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 21st Oct - 10:01pm
    I would like to thank ALDC for these reports, they have alot of other work on their hands. However I wonder if they are giving...