Author Archives: Roger Crouch

Opinion: Rights for cohabiting couples

The progress of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through Parliament, with its Second Reading in the House of Commons, should be a cause of celebration amongst Liberal Democrats. As a party we have been, on the whole, united behind these proposals and we should applaud the leadership that Nick Clegg, Lynne Featherstone and, let’s give credit where it is due, David Cameron have demonstrated on this particular issue.

Working in Coalition, Liberal Democrats have introduced legislation which will secure equal marriage in law. I doubt very much whether a single party government, whether Conservative or Labour led, would have dared …

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Opinion: Vote for Fairer Votes to End Safe Seats

I grew up in Bournemouth, a bucolic place beside the sea where very little disturbs the peace. For over a century, Bournemouth’s politics at parliamentary level have been as sedate. In every election since Queen Victoria was on the throne, the same party has won. A candidate dons a blue rosette, shows up and becomes the MP. Whilst the Liberal Democrats have valiantly tried their best in recent elections, the two Bournemouth constituencies are like many places across the country where General elections do not really matter, where elections are a foregone conclusion, places where real power lies in the …

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  • User AvatarDaniel Henry 24th Oct - 12:08pm
    Pretty much agree. I think in politics there's too much "rage against bad things" and simplistic "blame the bad people", often without substance on how...
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    I hope his opponents will check Salmond's attendance record form the last time he was in Westminster. I suspect he spent more time in TV...
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    Peter Watson I agree. Nick's speech will simply be read by teachers with incredulity. The idea that Nick is now going to focus on workload...
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    "That sounds horribly like a fiscal transfer. To France. The headline is obvious: our austerity pays for their profligacy." Such a headline would be wrong,...
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    I am reluctant to "bang on" about the range of cheap and readily renewable sources of electricity because some people just seem incapable of grasping...