Author Archives: Ben Rayment

Ben Rayment is a second year international relations student with a keen interest on the United Kingdom after Brexit.

A liberal approach to corporation tax reform

As the values of liberalism direct us towards what David Laws highlighted as the four pillars of liberalism – social, political, economic and individual, we must identify a fine balance between all four. The application of tax reform, of all kinds, must be utilised as a means to desirable ends. Here, we must also look to the reasoning of taxation, of which there are two prominent reasons; to collect money to fund social programmes and to discourage certain behaviours. The discouragement of actions by taxes is, of course, an uncomfortable idea, for why is the government so moral as to …

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Foreign aid in a post-Brexit world

With the recent forced resignation of Priti Patel from the Department For International Development, it is time to develop the Liberal Democrats’ foreign policy in a post-Brexit Britain. It is time for the Liberal Democrats to call for a more liberal approach to the world and we should do this by following Patel’s good work on ‘trade for aid’, promoting workers’ rights and promoting freer and fairer trade.

Ms Patel started to transform what the foreign aid budget was used for, yet with her forced resignation, the Liberal Democrats must surely take up this gauntlet to champion further reforms in the …

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    I would have us say to all MPs who leave the Lab & Con Parties and join the Independent Group that (providing they are unequivocally...
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    Looking at the early polls to include the IG, it's clear the centre ground has a lot of room. Rather than competing with us for...
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    Jayne Mansfield David Raw We can as we often do, disagree and yet agree often also. Yes , this was my point the other thread,...
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    @ Jayne Me, too, Jayne - as was her speech on universal credit in the House a few months ago.
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    I found Heidi Allen's speech intensely moving in its sincerity. Do the new grouping use the term TIGS to describe themselves? It makes them sound...
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