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 AvatarAl 25th Jun - 9:25am
    In the world of this article, democracy is nine wolves and a highland cattle voting on what to have for lunch and inviting us to...
  • User AvatarNeil Sandison 25th Jun - 9:19am
    It is now time to build a new social liberal coalition .A brexit led conservative government will drag us back to the 1980s .We cant...
  • User AvatarPeter Davies 25th Jun - 9:10am
    At every election in my lifetime the people have spoken and by much larger majorities they have said "we don't want to be represented by...
  • User AvatarGlenn 25th Jun - 9:08am
    Neil, Are we supposed to applaud your vindictiveness?
  • User AvatarMichael BG 25th Jun - 9:03am
    @ Alderman David Becket I think it is immoral to ignore the majority of the voters in the referendum. I think lots of people who...
  • User AvatarJane Ann Liston 25th Jun - 8:51am
    By the way, it's soft pedalling, not soft peddling.