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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Recent Comments

  • User AvatarNicholas Cunningham 29th May - 7:40pm
    The coalition years, time stands still for some.
  • User Avatartheakes 29th May - 6:52pm
    Paul Barker, yeah think you are right, I still reckon between 3-5 only.
  • User Avatarjohn 29th May - 6:35pm
    Did Tim forget that Nurses were supposedly using food banks during the coalition years?
  • User Avatarpaul barker 29th May - 6:31pm
    @ Michael BG, I have no idea how many seats we will get but a Target list of 34 (if I got that right) sounds...
  • User AvatarEl Sid 29th May - 6:16pm
    And how do you shake off the fact that two years ago you were in government with them? How do you get back the votes...
  • User AvatarJohn Littler 29th May - 6:06pm
    "The strange death of Liberal England" describes the replacement of the Liberal Party as a natural party of government, by Labour in the early to...