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 AvatarEddie Sammon 8th Oct - 5:07pm
    Thanks Glenn and Psi. All things considered I still think the Tories are strongest in this area. I was strongly against bombing Syria in 2013...
  • User Avatarsuzanne fletcher 8th Oct - 4:45pm
    late reading this, but thank you for telling your story, not always easy, but very important.
  • User AvatarPsi 8th Oct - 4:44pm
    Michael BG I’m not completely sure but my answer would be possibly. As a clarifying point the rise would not raise £8.5bn as there will...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 8th Oct - 4:30pm
    @John Innes "We are being pressed from both sides – Corbyn takes idealism, Cameron takes most of the policy field. we are in deep trouble!"...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 8th Oct - 4:28pm
    I don't think the Tories in Westminster have any idea what the social housing is like around the country. They talk about Housing Associations being...
  • User AvatarAM 8th Oct - 4:20pm
    I'm not sure that >300,000 net is an ongoing trend, there are always ups and downs. But If housing needs aren't meeting demand - then...