Author Archives: Kelvin Macdonald Fraser

Opinion: Big Society + political activism = community politics

I’m sure I’m not the only Lib Dem struggling to come to terms with the realisation that there is life after going into coalition with the Conservatives. It may not be eternal life (even five years might be too much to hope for!), and it certainly isn’t paradise (the nation’s economic predicament has more of Armageddon about it than Nirvana) but life it most definitely is.

Despite already being subjected to obsessive scrutiny and outrageous cynicism from a surprisingly hostile media, and regardless of some premature and unhelpful ‘noises off’ from disillusioned tribalists in both parties, there is an …

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Opinion: Justifying the unthinkable

Like all Liberal Democrats, I would never support a Tory government. Most of us have spent many years asking countless people to vote Lib Dem to “keep the Tories out”, but I actually think that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Without the Liberal Democrats the Tories would have a majority now. So many Lib Dems seats are Tory/Lib Dem fights, and it’s because the Lib Dem vote held up in places like the South West that Mr. Cameron did not get the majority he needed to enable him to go ahead with the sort of traditional Tory policies that were in his …

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  • User AvatarRodney Watts 22nd Feb - 9:19pm
    @Miranda Pinch. An excellent comment on some flawed thinking, and so glad it came from a like- minded Jewish LD. Whilst we appreciate Lorenzo’s concern...
  • User AvatarRob Heale 22nd Feb - 9:14pm
    Social Liberals have supported the ideas of "co-determination" and "co-ownership" for decades. Lets hope that Liberal Democrats can develop these ideas to help give employees...
  • User AvatarDavid Becket 22nd Feb - 7:42pm
    Agreed Nigel. I am hoping for change and think it may be possible, but when a spokesperson for Voice approves of this video it shows...
  • User AvatarNigel Jones 22nd Feb - 7:39pm
    We certainly need joined up thinking; I suggested this yesterday on LDV in response to the debate about immigration. That is the only way to...
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    I saw this on TV in the gym, and the PPB had subtitles - a lot of time was wasted with a lot of guff...
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    Considering the devastating effects of the floods around the country in recent weeks, I'd like to see our party take the lead in proposing a...