Author Archives: Nicola Prigg

Opinion: Ed Miliband is out of touch

On Monday, Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition, launched the Labour Party’s local election campaign.

Ed proclaimed that the government is “out of touch”, and challenged us on growth, fairer taxes and a stronger society.

On growth, he claimed that we need to deal with the deficit otherwise we won’t have growth in the future.

On fairer taxes, Ed said we “are raising taxes for pensioners but cutting them for millionaires”.

Actually, this month has seen the personal tax allowance for pensioners increase, and from next year they are frozen until the personal tax allowance catches up. Or does Ed believe that pensioners …

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Opinion: “Capitalism is a great success story.” Really, Nick?

On Monday, Nick Clegg gave a speech on responsible capitalism. This was his first real foray into the debate since it has erupted as a major talking point, even though we as a party have been arguing the need to reform capitalism before it was cool.

Before criticising capitalism, he praised it by saying this:

Capitalism may be today’s political punchbag, but let’s take a long view: it’s one of history’s great success stories. No other human innovation has driven progress  and raised living standards so consistently. Markets catalyse ideas, invention and experimentation. When they work well, they are meritocratic and

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Opinion: A New Approach to our Union

The current approach to the United Kingdom doesn’t work.

The current approach treats each home nation as an individual, yet this approach leads to everyone pulling the centre in every direction. It leads to infighting, or to one country taking control and dictating to the others how they should be run. Neither result leads to a strong union.

We currently have the Scotland Bill going through Parliament devolving more powers to the Scottish Parliament; Wales passed a referendum giving its citizens the ability to pass primary legislation; and Nick Clegg has set up a commission to address the …

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  • User AvatarPeter 16th Jul - 6:14pm
    @ Andrew T Andrew, what an interesting comment. I read it slowly, several times. I have never seen so many contradicting phrases contained within four...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 16th Jul - 5:58pm
    Peter Martin, You conflate fiscal operations and monetary operations. The New economics foundation explains clearly how money is created https://neweconomics.org/2012/12/where-does-money-come-from and correctly conclude “Fiscal policy...
  • User AvatarSteve Trevethan 16th Jul - 5:48pm
    Is it possible to have a set of policies which benefit the majority of citizens and their children without rejecting Neoliberal Economics? Might we consider...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 16th Jul - 5:47pm
    @Gordon Now you’re talking! If accountants can do it, why not a few other ‘professions’? It’s all about credibility. Where Germany scored was that employers...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 16th Jul - 5:37pm
    @Katharine Pindar Have you READ Kettle’s article? If you haven’t, you should. It might give you an idea of what most of the electorate seem...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 16th Jul - 5:34pm
    Good to read, thanks Mark, for that comment