Author Archives: Ben Maconick

Opinion: Do we really want politicians to be “ordinary people”?

Recently Ed Miliband’s Labour Party TV broadcast expressed his frustration that the world of politics wasn’t like the real world. Considering that the entire broadcast was along the lines of painting Ed Miliband as an ordinary guy, it got me thinking on the subject of whether we really want our politicians to be ordinary people. It seems common sense that we want the people who represent us, to be like us. I would question this assumption, especially when we look at some of the other requirements we place on them.

The first requirement is obviously that they are knowledgeable about the …

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Opinion: the Lib Dem identity crisis

Most parties have identity crises after being kicked out of power; we are having one upon gaining it for the first time. This crisis is not an internal one, as most Liberal Democrats seem to be holding firm, but rather a crisis of what the public perceive us to be. Tough decisions of power have meant for our long term electoral success, our basic thinking and ideology needs to be made clearer to the public.

Having voted for the first time this general election, I found many of my first time voter friends simply did not know what the Liberal …

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  • User AvatarPeter Martin 9th Aug - 11:09am
    @ Katerina, Yes a good point about looking at other countries' experiences. As far as I know there hasn't been a UBI introduced anywhere. And...
  • User AvatarMarco 9th Aug - 11:00am
    @ Peter Martin - In 2019 Labour were led by a hard-left leader who was woefully ill equipped to be Prime Minister even less so...
  • User AvatarMarco 9th Aug - 10:55am
    @Richard Easter “ The argument that the more voters see of a leader, the more they will think highly of them didn’t work for Swinson.”...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 9th Aug - 10:53am
    A well-worked-out scheme for a national Social Contract was offered as a motion for this autumn's Conference to the Federal Conference Committee by ourselves, the...
  • User AvatarKaterina Porter 9th Aug - 10:05am
    We British never seem to want to look abroad. We should look at that and variations of it. Finland, Uganda, etc As for paying for...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 9th Aug - 9:50am
    @ Catherine Sorry about the typo.