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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    Michael Cole, Perhaps it's not quite fair to say that "it is the Conservatives who have got us into this whole Brexit mess", when the...
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    @David Raw: It is illuminating to know that you form your political opinions on the basis of advice from your four year old grandson. Now...
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    Yes David. Events do seem to be moving our way. Despite our small number of MPs, it is the Liberal Democrats that Theresa really fears....
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    @ Michael Cole. "We need not apologise for the coalition." As my four year old grandson often says on many topics , 'I don't think...
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    Stephen Breban: Hear, Hear. Obviously resources are finite, but Stephen's post is worth repeating: "Target list? That sounds like a defeatist approach. Target the whole...
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    Yes Michael The Tories inherited a stable government in 2015, they ditched us and took the country into a chaotic mess, assisted by the weakest...