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How will the Liberal Democrats prepare the UK for emergent technologies?

 

Let’s take a brief look at the list of things that are on my Letter to Santa:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Quantum computing
  • In-vitro meat and vertical farming
  • Mass-commercialised 3D printing
  • Transparent solar panels
  • Li-Fi and 5G
  • Male contraception
  • Autonomous cars and electric cars
  • And so, so much more…

Yeah, I’m a nightmare to buy presents for.

Some of these are already causing stirs in the legal world.

Just the other week there were reports of telecoms companies promising 5G sooner if the EU crippled net neutrality. That’s a fairly clear statement of their desire that we need to be prepared to stand up to. The Lib Dem stance on that should be obvious: we can wait if it means maintaining net neutrality.

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Liberal Democrats need to have radical solutions to collapse of industrial communities

It is with more than a little sadness and apprehension that I watch the drawn-out self destruction of the Labour Party, as its leader, a man who I once respected and liked, seems hell bent on bringing Her Majesty’s Most Loyal Opposition to its knees. The details of this destruction have been covered extensively in other places, and I won’t repeat them here, but one thread does deeply concern me as a liberal: the seeming blindness the Labour Party has to industry and the traditional worker.

Britain’s industrial past, I believe, played a key part in the result of the EU referendum, where those who feel disenfranchised by the crippling of their communities, and the industrial centre that were once at their heart, did what they felt they needed to in order to enact a change. Labour’s solution to this has, broadly, been to carry on as they were and to promise a restoration of this industrial past.

We live in an era of hard truths.

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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 7th Dec - 8:24am
    Thomas, I think you will find that the reason so many rural folks, that you don’t care much (says a lot that) and that you...
  • User AvatarThomas 7th Dec - 5:38am
    marcstevens - The advantage of being run by the government is that not every utility has to turn a profit. You can have trains run...
  • User AvatarThomas 7th Dec - 5:30am
    To add to my previous comment, I believe that the expansionary economic policies to win over the Brahmin Left will also mostly appeal to the...
  • User AvatarThomas 7th Dec - 5:06am
    Matthew Huntbach, David Raw - "now the Liberal Democrats seem happy to put across the idea that they are like the Conservatives in terms of...
  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 7th Dec - 12:41am
    A good interview by Jo Swinson with Andrew Neil. A bad interview by Jo Swinson with Emma Barnett on Radio Four's Women's Hour though.
  • User AvatarMartin Land 6th Dec - 11:40pm
    @Tony Greaves. What do you expect with our best campaigner in long-term exile?
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