Author Archives: Rabi Martins

Opinion: Localism is dead – what hope for Local Government ?

Sheffield Town HallThe Localism Act was introduced in November 2011 on a promise of new freedoms and flexibilities for local government, new rights and powers for communities and individuals, and a guarantee to make the planning system more democratic so as to ensure decisions about housing reflect local community wishes. Even the most ardent supporters of this coalition government will be hard pushed to provide evidence that localism has done anything of the sort.

Instead, what we have witnessed in the past four years is a constant reduction of local government budgets …

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Opinion: The other side of the immigration debate coin

There are some things in life that go hand in hand

In the UK it is a General Election and talk of Immigration Controls

In every general election since Enoch Powell’s “rivers of blood” speech Labour and the Conservatives have sought to out-do each other on the toughness of their respective policies on immigration Usually the war of words starts at about the same time as the political parties start their election campaign. This time round the battle has already started even though the General Election is some six months away And the reason? The Tories are running scared of UKIP as Nigel Farage sets himself up as the only  gatekeeper who can be trusted to keep immigrants at bay and land election defeat on Conservatives the back of it.

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Opinion: Chase BAME votes or face wipeout

Campaigning on the doorstep - Lynne FeatherstoneI make no apologies for returning to my old hobby horse – the need for our Party to actively do more to actively win over the support of BAME communities.

Not only is this the right thing to do for a Party that projects itself as the Party that champions diversity and equality it is also the politically expedient thing to do.

According to research published by Operation Black Vote (OBV) the outcome of the election results in 168 parliamentary seats in the hands of Britain’s black …

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  • User AvatarAndrew T 13th Aug - 6:02pm
    It's nice to see the majority of Liberals from across the generations sharing liberal beliefs on this issue.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 13th Aug - 5:48pm
    @ Paul Holmes Fair comment, Paul...... except the three you mention weren't around in 1981. Nick Clegg was still in short trousers at Westminster School....
  • User AvatarPeter Hirst 13th Aug - 5:39pm
    Any decent government knows that taxes as well as providing revenue and inhibiting illegal activities acts to signal what changes to behaviour it would like....
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 13th Aug - 5:36pm
    Charis, I am often highly critical of the 'National Party' so let me for once leap to their defence. They have, in the last 2...
  • User AvatarPeter Hirst 13th Aug - 5:30pm
    If people really want to come to our country with all its faults, we should embrace them with open arms. Seeing a boat load shout...
  • User AvatarJohn Probert 13th Aug - 5:24pm
    @ Anthony Watts: Very well said and not a moment too soon either, Mr Watts!