Daily View 2×2: 7 July 2009

2 3 Big Stories

US and Russia agree nuclear cuts

The BBC reports:

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have reached an outline agreement to cut back their nations’ stockpiles of nuclear weapons. The “joint understanding” signed in Moscow would see reductions of deployed nuclear warheads to below 1,700 each within seven years of a new treaty. The accord would replace the 1991 Start I treaty, which expires in December.

Nick Clegg welcomed the announcement:

This decision is a great moment and a promising step ahead of next year’s NPT talks. Britain must now play our own part by ruling out like-for-like replacement of Trident. Gordon Brown should follow his international colleagues and finally show some real leadership on this issue, instead of signing the contracts for a new generation of nuclear submarines this summer.”

Post office undervalued, say MPs

Here’s the BBC report:

The government has undervalued the Post Office network as a link with citizens, according to a committee of MPs. The Business and Enterprise Select Committee also said the government’s response to an inquiry aimed at saving post offices had been “inadequate”. … The committee was asked by the the government to study how the network could be improved, but, according to the report, “most departments failed to suggest any way in which they might use the post office network”.

Back in March, the Lib Dem spring conference re-affirmed the party’s plans for the post office and Royal Mail, stressing the importance of staff-ownership to modernisation – you can read the motion passed by confernece in full HERE.

Brown faces new 10p tax revolt

As the BBC tells us:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is braced for a fresh backbench revolt over his 2007 decision to scrap the 10p bottom rate of income tax. A group of Labour MPs – led by Frank Field and Greg Pope – have threatened to block this year’s entire Budget in a vote in the Commons on Tuesday. Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats say they are backing an amendment tabled by the rebels.

If only Gordon Brown and his fellow Labour MPs had been paying attention to then Lib Dem leader Ming Campbell over two years ago, perhaps their actions would have had more effect?

2 must-read blog-posts

Bonfire of the Quangos? (Mark Thompson)

The media have had some fun today with the Tories by contrasting David Cameron’s rhetoric on Quangos with the fact that they have already pledged to bring in through various announcments. … The most important thing for me about this though is what it exposes about government and bueraucracy.

Packing my Bags (Bridget Fox)

Would you pass the citizenship test? I didn’t. I was prompted to try it by Sandra Gidley MP (who passed – cleverclogs!) and the journalist Maggie Philbin, who have been highlighting the absurdity of the citizenship test on Twitter.

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in Daily View.


  • Just goes to show how serious the Russians are about nuke reduction. Perhaps now people will take our bargaining position next year more seriously.

  • I failed the “citizenship test” too, Bridget. Almost all the questions are 100% irrelevant.

    Would knowing the year when married women became able to divorce their husbands make me a better citizen?

    Would knowing precisely how many Muslims there were in the UK in 2001?

    Would knowing which groups of foreigners are entitled to vote in all elections?

    The people who designed this test – and I strongly recommend that you all have a go at it – have quite simply forgotten what the test is for.

    Or perhaps I am mistaken, and this has nothing to do with knowing about the way the country works.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Steve Coltman
    I think the Lib Dems should be cautious about this by-election result. If the two main issues were HS2 and housing/planning the party is on dodgy ground. The pa...
  • David Raw
    @ John Marriott "Back in the days of the run up to GE ‘97, Paddy Ashdown thought he had Blair on his side regarding voting reform. However, when the latter...
  • John Marriott
    Could we possibly drop the adjective “progressive” for starters? “Alliance” would do for me. I agree with Brad Barrows’ sentiments. It HAS to be a com...
  • Tristan Ward
    Yes liberals should undoubtedly advocate free trade. It makes both sides of the trade richer than they would otherwise have been, bringing wealth to the poo...
  • Paul Barker
    This article is both confused & confusing. There is No possibility of any Electoral pact with Labour (unless Labour back Electoral Reform ) & I dont se...