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To OBR or not to OBR? That’s the manifesto audit question

libdemmanifesto 2010 wordleEd Balls wants it. Danny Alexander seems pretty keen on it, too. What is ‘it’? Asking the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties.

On the face of it, that’s a good idea. Transparency’s a good thing and surely the public deserve to know as much as possible before we cast our once-in-five-years ballot which decides the next government? The case in favour is persuasively put by Giles Wilkes, until recently a special adviser to Vince Cable who has seen the …

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Rejoice! Labour has a policy. Even better it’s a Lib Dem policy.

Yesterday at PMQs Ed Miliband channelled Ronald Reagan. Today he’s channelling Vince Cable:

Here’s what Ed has just announced:

Let me tell you about one crucial choice we would make, which is different from this government. We would tax houses worth over £2 million. And we would use the money to cut taxes for working people. We would put right a mistake made by

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    It does seem a little pointless. If it's symbolism you're after than the pardon for Turing seems sufficient. On a practical level, Lord Faulks makes...
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    I would personally favour some concept of a blocking minority in cases like the declaration of an aggressive war. Ah, the good old Lib Dem...
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    Michael is right that ever increasing consumption is unsustainable. We know it's true, otherwise we wouldn't be supporting recycling, energy efficiency, sustainable energy. Green policies...
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    Since this is a congratulatory thread, may I take the opportunity to draw to general attention the fact that on 18 July Annette Brooke MP...
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    Agree. Millions of dead people were convicted of absurd things that are no longer crimes: witchcraft, blasphemy, being a Catholic, being Welsh on the English...