Author Archives: Rick Muir

Independent View: two cheers for Vince

Landlords and punters across the country should be raising a glass to Vince Cable today after he announced new rules for pub companies (or pubcos) which will help local publicans in these difficult economic times.

His plans include the introduction of an independent adjudicator and a new statutory code for the industry – something I argued for in this IPPR report: Tied Down.

Pubs are an important part of the community – they’re a meeting place for family and friends and host meetings of local clubs and associations, promoting local charities and events. But they’ve faced serious demise with 16 pubs …

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The Independent View: Clegg’s Pupil Premium could be wasted

Keen to move on from the poor headlines of the last few weeks, Nick Clegg has sought to re-focus attention on his flagship social mobility agenda with a speech on the Pupil Premium.

The Pupil Premium is the government’s main policy for reducing educational inequality in schools, meaning that schools get extra funding for every child on Free School Meals (£488 this year, £600 next year). IPPR has always welcomed the Pupil Premium but have expressed concerns that it will not be spent directly on providing extra support for the children who need it. Under the current model, schools are free to spend it on whatever they like – and the majority of heads say they are using it to plug gaps in existing budgets.

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The Independent View: Restore trust to reform democracy

The crisis over MPs’ expenses has shattered trust in politicians. Trust in Parliament has never been particularly high – it has now plummeted to new depths. Our long-standing scepticism as to the motives of politicians has turned into a strongly held conviction that ‘they’re all at it’.

The silver lining is that the crisis may have opened the way for much needed constitutional reform. The Lib Dems in particular have proposed a raft of constitutional reforms as a solution to the crisis. But are we really at a constitutional turning point? And is institutional reform …

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  • User AvatarFloating voter 27th Jun - 7:23pm
    David Raw should realise that mocking an opponent's name is more characteristic of the BNP than the Liberal Democrats . PLease desist
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    @ CARON It would be helpful to have details of the Scottish meeting on Sunday.
  • User AvatarEd Shepherd 27th Jun - 7:19pm
    An insightful article.
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    Cleggs piece in the Standard says that the Tory membership is 0.003% of the electorate but I thought the electorate was approx 45 million and...
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    middling educatiin the passage above should read lifelong education and I am sure that it is obvious who the Condem Coalition were...
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    "Special conference:An additional meeting of the conference requisitioned by the Federal Executive, Federal Policy Committee, conference itself or 200 members, in not fewer than 20...