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LibLink – Giles Wilkes: £93bn of corporate welfare? What nonsense

Giles Wilkes, who was a special adviser to Vince Cable and chief economist at CentreForum, is now a leader writer at the Financial Times (which usually charges an online subscription). One of his recent editorials has been transferred to the free blog section so we are able to bring it to you.

Labour should be wary of giving credence to a very suspect number.

The £93bn figure now routinely used to evaluate the scale of “corporate welfare” in Britain is badly misleading. If the Labour Party is to re-establish its economic credibility, it needs to give the number a very wide berth.

First of all, the very concept of “corporate welfare” is tricky and question-begging. When applied to individuals, welfare is easy to understand – it means payments from the state provided on the basis of need.

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Opinion: Job share MPs – an idea whose time has come

As regular LDV readers may know, I’ve long advocated the idea of allowing candidates to put themselves forward for election on a job-share basis (letting constituents decide whether they want to elect job-share MPs). Today a Bill making this possible will be presented to the House of Commons.

The Representation of the People (Members’ Job Share) Bill will be introduced as a Private Member’s Bill by Labour MP John McDonnell. It will be interesting to see how much cross-party support the Bill gets. Individual Lib Dems have certainly been sympathetic to its aims. Mark Williams MP tabled an Early Day Motion …

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LDV members’ survey (2): Labour leadership – Ed Miliband wins your vote (but Ed Balls would be best for Lib Dems)

Lib Dem Voice has been conducting a survey this week of party members registered on our members’ forum asking them for their views of the coalition, Labour leadership and the party’s general election result. Over 400 have responded, and here’s part two of what you’ve told us …

LDV asked: Putting aside your Lib Dem allegiance who do you think would make the best Labour leader?

Here’s what you said:

37% – Ed Miliband
25% – Diane Abbott
17% – David Miliband
9% – Andy Burnham
8% – John McDonnell
3% – Ed Balls
(Excluding Don’t know / No opinion =

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Opinion: Opposition is only half the fight – we must spell out our plan for Heathrow

What follows is very much not dissent in the ranks or any kind of support for a third runway at Heathrow – if for no other reason than I don’t want to give John McDonnell any excuse to start wielding the Mace again. I fully support and agree with the Lib Dem campaign being ably led by Susan Kramer and Norman Baker against blighting south-west London and surrounding areas with yet more noise, pollution and congestion.

But the Government has now announced its decision on a new runway and Terminal 6 and, while I hope we will be able to …

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  • User AvatarPeter Watson 12th Feb - 11:35am
    @Alex Macfie "there was never intended to be any implication that they were ideological bedfellows, or that the two parties were electoral “allies” (although the...
  • User AvatarGlenn 12th Feb - 11:32am
    Psi, I'm not going to argue with you anymore. I think the idea of a "metropolitan Left Wing elite" is just a tired old trope....
  • User AvatarPsi 12th Feb - 11:16am
    Glenn “idea of a metropolitan elite working to a particular “left wing” agenda” Well that is not what is being suggested, a “weft wing agenda”...
  • User AvatarAlex Macfie 12th Feb - 11:07am
    @Peter Watson: The difference is that the Tories chose to join the ECR group out of perceived ideological similarity; they could leave any time and...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 12th Feb - 10:58am
    For once, I tend to agree with David on this. Keith knows his own area best.
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 12th Feb - 10:38am
    Pressed 'post' too soon. The final sentence should read : I am sure will find the above illiberal; but it's time to grasp the nettle!