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 AvatarRabi Martins 21st Apr - 12:55pm
    This is welcome news There is another class of "rogue directors" Vince needs tackle. This is the group of directors who liquidate a company and...
  • User AvatarRebecca Taylor 21st Apr - 12:51pm
    Well said Caron. Good to see an article that doesn't fall back on the ridiculous dichotomy that the NHS is either perfect and doesn't need...
  • User AvatarRC 21st Apr - 12:33pm
    David Evans "@RC Is this the misinformation about tuition fees" Yes, among other things, it is. I have had conversations about precisely this on the...
  • User AvatarHelen Tedcastle 21st Apr - 12:32pm
    Delightful that a film is being made about Vera Brittain. Her life is an inspiration and the fact that her daughter is Shirley Williams, got...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 21st Apr - 12:26pm
    I agree with a two pronged approach of more charges and higher taxation. However I would add two further points: 1. We need to incorporate...
  • User AvatarIain Donaldson 21st Apr - 12:21pm
    Chris, if that is the case then why has this Government increased percapita expenditure on Mental Health provision, increased the number of clinical psychologists working...