Author Archives: Will Straw

The Independent View: Cross-party amendment to decarbonise power by 2030 needed to stop Osborne

The Independent reports this morning that pro-green Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs are considering a rebel amendment to the Energy Bill to create a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030. The policy is critical to reducing carbon emissions and energy bills in the long run and creating jobs and growth.

Last week, Ed Davey revealed the details of the Government’s much anticipated Energy Bill which will be introduced to Parliament today. In exchange for an extremely positive and welcome outcome for the renewable sector up to 2020, Davey lost his battle to include a 2030 decarbonisation target …

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The Independent View: Labour and Lib Dems must show a willingness to work together

As a long-term believer in the need for a more progressive politics, I take no great joy in the spate of polls showing the Liberal Democrats in free fall.

The latest projections from UK Polling Report show that a Lib Dem collapse to 15% in the polls would deliver a Conservative majority of 18 and the balance of power being held by the Tory right rather than the Lib Dem right. The Lib Dem concessions on inheritance tax, capital gains tax, and Europe – for which they should be praised – would go in a flash.

But the Lib Dems …

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  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 25th May - 3:55pm
    I agree with Stuart , what happened to evidence?! Probably the Bill is a lousy one , but what is better is to judge a...
  • User Avatardavid 25th May - 3:55pm
    David Owen talks sense on this.
  • User AvatarGlenn 25th May - 3:45pm
    Andy Andrews. I'm not an extreme right wing liberal. I'm if anything on the left, but mainly in this argument I'm Just a peeved TV...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 25th May - 3:43pm
    Apologies Above should read "because many surviving Liberals were more left wing"
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 25th May - 3:42pm
    This is a very good summary. Two points. Libertarians are hung up on state power; but if I'm prevented from doing something, it does not...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 25th May - 3:40pm
    Mattew Huntbach Thanks for your excellent analysis.I would say more on the recent history and on liberty as at first , freedom from the state,...