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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  • User AvatarBrian Milnes 24th Jun - 2:49pm
    Just a few points. 1. I, like many, was amazed about the turnround in Labour's electoral fortunes. The mind of the UK's electorate is unknowable....
  • User AvatarMike S 24th Jun - 2:45pm
    @ Sue Sutherland 1.43pm Beautifully & brilliantly articulated!
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 24th Jun - 2:27pm
    Andrea Clifton You are so positive here , it is great ! Some while back you praised me in words that meant a lot to...
  • User AvatarSue Sutherland 24th Jun - 2:15pm
    Really enjoyable post Bill. However, I don't think we as Lib Dems want a leader to do all that. I think we already want to...
  • User AvatarAndrea Clifton 24th Jun - 1:58pm
    Hooray, don't know who you are, but you are wonderful. I have felt like a lone voice, convinced most members see the party as a...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 24th Jun - 1:58pm
    The Liberal Democrats didn't "govern" in coalition — rather, we were governed — by the Tories.
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