Author Archives: Rob Parsons

Opinion: The male voice on Female Genital Mutilation

Please note that the second paragraph of this article contains some graphic details of the procedure of FGM which some people might find distressing.

I’m very glad to see Liberal Democrats at the forefront of the drive to rid this country and the world of female genital mutilation (FGM), one of the most horrible expressions of male power over the female. The debate about it, around the world, as well as in this country, is often blurred by comparisons with male circumcision, which many people also campaign against actively (and in my view rightly). When the topic of FGM comes …

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Opinion: Managing the NHS

nhs sign lrgI agree with Norman Tebbit. There, I’ve said it. The antique rottweiler was writing in the Telegraph in response to a number of intemperate comments made on another column about the service received from staff at the NHS. He said, among other things, “when things go wrong, as they have often done in the NHS, I believe it is right to blame the officers, especially the more senior ones, rather than the troops”. I agree with him whole heartedly on that point, though not on …

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Opinion: 2013′s banana skin?

Banana skin - Some rights reserved by purplemattfishThe LibDem Voice end of year survey gives us, as usual, much food for thought.

Net approval of the coalition’s record is down to 14% from 41% a year before. “Three big hits seem to have been responsible: first, the row over the NHS Bill; secondly, the omnishambolic March budget; and thirdly, the collapse of Lords reform”.

What issues might derail us this year? One is slowly poisoning our society, and with it the claims of the Liberal Democrats to be a party of fairness.

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    Hi Chris. Do you have an opinion on nuclear power, or are you just against responding to the evidence?
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    Thanks Alice. What do you make of the argument that austerity is anti-women because most public sector workers are women? Specifically, if the private sector...
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    Mick, I never said anything about offence. In fact, I talked about Ward becoming the story which is pretty much what you have said. Can...
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    I'm very critical of military hard-liners, but for some reason I reserve a bit of respect for Tony Blair. If we take the example of...
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    Matt - I do not know if David Ward has broken the rules of the party, All I am saying is that he should not...