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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    To be fair, Kamran has been doing this job for the Yorkshire party for some time - since before the referendum, and was originally appointed...
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    Welcome sentiments from Liz and Caron except for their acceptance that 'Regional Spokespeople' should be appointed from on high and it would be enough to...
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    @matt re: "Doesn’t look good for all those that put so much faith in the polls trying to claim that public opinion is shifting towards...
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    I do have sympathy with a lot of the comments here. I think the whole idea of having regional spokespeople to speak on this issue...
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    I found out about this from one of the regional chairs who contacted me having read this article yesterday evening. This was the first that...
  • User AvatarLittle Jackie Paper 19th Jan - 11:53am
    I find it odd that the report you link to here makes only the most scant reference to fees, and by implication debts, for education....