Author Archives: Samuel Barratt

Opinion: Making the EBacc work

Michael Gove seems intent on bringing forward a replacement for the GCSE, going so far as to make its introduction a matter of confidence in the face of criticism.  All parties can agree, however, it is important to set out what these reforms should look like and make sure they deliver a qualification that is fit for purpose.

There are at least two key areas that I think Liberal Democrats should seek to influence.

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Opinion: Tuition fees – a progressive model for welfare?

Given the proportion of public sector spending it accounts for, in austere times welfare spending has come under the spotlight, with sizeable cuts having already being made.

Looking at who is accessing benefits to ensure those in receipt of them should be is to be welcomed. A blind eye should not, however, be turned to wealthier individuals in receipt of things like winter fuel allowance whilst cuts are made to some of the poorest in our society.

It is right that Liberal Democrats have distanced ourselves from Cameron’s musings that everyone under 25 should not be able to rely on support from …

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Opinion: The importance of social liberalism

The debate regarding the importance and roles of ‘social’ and ‘economic’ liberalism can, on occasion, be misrepresented. Whether deliberate or incidental the relationship between the two philosophies can sometimes be presented as discrete, zero-sum options. I believe they should be considered as dialectic.

In The Orange Book, a publication that is almost Frankensteinian in how it’s perceived and what it actually contains, David Laws offers definitions for social and economic liberalism, that broadly serve well in discussion, they are:

    economic liberalism: ‘the belief in the value of free trade, open competition, market mechanisms, and the effectiveness of the

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    Malcolm Todd But ascribing to your opponents motives for which at best there is no evidence and at worst are directly contradicted by the evidence...
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    Marc Your words on tuition fees suggest you don’t wish to confront the depth of the betrayal many people feel towards the LibDems over this...
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    I think, Matthew, that you're falling into the trap of what Terry Pratchett memorably characterised as "believing that all the Orcs must come from Mordor"...
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    @john Tilley Solar power is not cheap - it (currently) requires high subsidies. Otherwise (capitalism and self interest being very effective at changing behaviour) we...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 24th Oct - 12:30pm
    Intriguing. If Alex Salmond knows anything about Sheila Ritchie, he will give Gordon a wide berth.