Author Archives: Adam Warner

Opinion: Towards a sustainable NHS

The NHS is one of Britain’s success stories and is the envy of the world. However, we are continually told that the NHS is in crisis and unless we have significant spending increases it will cease to exist as we know. With a growing and ageing population and a reluctance to fork out more money in tax it is clear that this problem will not go away without radical proposals.

It seems that finally we are getting somewhere. On Wednesday Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of the NHS, said that it was a ‘no brainer’ to try and prevent illness rather than …

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Opinion: Counter-extremism laws will be anything but

Less than a week into the new government and we are already beginning to see the signs of a Conservative party moving sharply to the right now that the Lib Dem shackles are off.

Announcing proposals for counter-extremism legislation yesterday, Home Secretary Theresa May said that she would implement ‘banning orders for groups’ who are ‘actively trying to promote hatred ‘ and ‘undermine British values’. Prime Minister David Cameron added that we have been a ‘passively tolerant society for too long’.

A similar piece of legislation was proposed 3 times during the coalition but was rejected every time. Lib Dem MP Tom Brake today said that they were blocked because they were ‘ill thought through, illiberal and will not tackle the problem they are supposed to’.

For starters, the proposal is flawed in principle. It is undoubtedly the case that these proposals undermine the key British value of freedom of speech. Whilst the Lib Dems hugely disagree with the views of radical fundamentalists like Anjem Choudhry, we will always defend their right to say it. That is a fundamental principle of democracy. If you partially stop freedom of speech, as these proposals do, you set a very dangerous precedent which can border on censorship and risks allowing a government to silence any voice of which it does not approve.

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Opinion: GE2015, where did it all go wrong?

The 2015 election is certainly not one to remember for the Liberal Democrats. Losing many great MP’s like David Laws and Vince Cable will certainly take a long time to recover from, but what exactly went wrong and why did we do much worse than forecast.

Triumph of fear over hope.

There is no doubt that the Conservative tactics of pitting England against Scotland worked for them. The idea of a Labour-SNP coalition was too much for many centre ground floating voters who voted tactically for them. Instead of defending their record and talking about the real issues the Conservatives instead spent the campaign promoting English nationalism and spreading fear. This tactic did for many of our MPs in Tory-LD marginal in the southern regions of England. Whilst it has worked in the short term it will cause problems for David Cameron over the course of the next parliament as he governs a hugely divided country with little support north of the border.

SNP Success

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  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 2nd Jun - 6:36pm
    Nick, I think you are a little too pessimistic about tax reform. This crisis may well provide the impetus for the kind of international cooperation...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 2nd Jun - 5:55pm
    @ JoeB, "However, the UK has had a persistent deficit since the mid-1980s and a persistent current account deficit over the longer-term is another matter."...
  • User AvatarJohn 2nd Jun - 5:47pm
    There are an awful lot of past battles being poured over. Not many people are talking about the issues of the future. Policies need to...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 2nd Jun - 5:42pm
    No. We need to start talking to people about the issues that matter to them, not niche interests that matter only to us. Our philosophy...
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    "While people in the UK were suffering all manner of deprivation and threats to life, resistance forces in France and other countries were making their...
  • User AvatarNick Shcherban 2nd Jun - 5:34pm
    Hellow again Toby Keynes “ big media groups will be able to pour resources into supporting their preferred candidates” Yes this would be a bit...