Author Archives: Nick Pearce

The Independent View: rediscovering Grimond’s insights

At this year’s party conference, Tim Farron and Nick Clegg both argued that a huge new swathe of centre ground had opened up in British politics, with Labour shifting to the left and a newly emboldened Conservative government moving to the right. That is a risky assertion. It defines liberalism against its opponents, rather than for itself.

For a party battered, but not dispirited, by recent election results it is important that it defines itself with a positive vision for liberalism in the 21st century, not merely against its opponents’ positions.
If the Corbyn project collapses and Labour elects a more …

Posted in The Independent View | 14 Comments

The Independent View: The UK voting system is broken

One of the key arguments made by defenders of First Past the Post is that it produces clear outcomes on which strong and stable government is based. New analysis published today by the ippr (Worst of Both worlds: Why First Past the Post no longer works) shows why this claim no longer stacks up. It shows that the last general election result was not an aberration but a reflection of long-term changes in voting patterns across the UK which significantly increase the likelihood of more hung parliaments in the future.

Britain has evolved into a multi-party system, but it still has an electoral …

Posted in Op-eds and The Independent View | Tagged , and | 7 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarAntony Watts 31st May - 7:56am
    I tell you what: home schooling is fun. I learned a lot, especially chemistry. And my wife now understands adverbs vs adjectives. We did this...
  • User AvatarHilton Marlton 31st May - 7:48am
    I've always longed to see Dillie make a guest appearance on the stage at Conference. This is another treasure in a line of pithy songs.
  • User AvatarAntony Watts 31st May - 7:46am
    Boring piffle, try harder. A country of peace and prosperity without peer or precedent anywhere in the world. 1. Recovery & Resilience - fund public...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 31st May - 2:04am
    Ed Davey suggested doubling Statutory Sick Pay to £220 a week and increasing out of work benefits “to £150 per week for a single person...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 30th May - 11:45pm
    Peter Martin, this ft article explains why a sharp fall in sterling has seen no improvement in the trade balance https://www.ft.com/content/615ae7ba-b2b8-11e9-bec9-fdcab53d6959 "Currency is just one...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 30th May - 11:17pm
    @ Joe B, I'm not opposed to capital spending per se. If the Govt needs to build a bridge or a railway then that's what...