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Tim Farron MP writes… This week could have been very different

Last weekend was the fifth anniversary of the day that Gordon Brown changed his mind at the last minute and didn’t call the widely anticipated 2007 autumn General Election. Given the remainder of his tenure it is easy for many of us to forget that following his succession to No. 10 Downing St, Gordon Brown did received a popularity bounce. Brown was 10% ahead in the polls, David Cameron was floundering following a difficult period as opposition leader, and of course the banking collapse of 2008 had not yet happened.

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Clegg on McKinnon: “A day for celebrating”

Nick Clegg has just emailed Liberal Democrat members about today’s announcement that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US:

In opposition, we were unequivocal: Gary McKinnon should not be extradited. I said at the time that he was too vulnerable to be uprooted from his friends and family and sent across the Atlantic, and if there was a case to answer it should be here in the UK.

So today I am absolutely delighted by the Home Secretary’s

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Opinion: Why Nick Clegg is probably right not to meet Gary McKinnon’s mother

A quick search on my own blog for “Gary McKinnon” will show that I have written several times, at some length, on the reasons why I believe that he should not be extradited to the US. I believe that to do so to such a vulnerable person would be a disproportionate action which would seriously and adversely affect his health. For an Asperger’s sufferer, change can be really difficult to deal with. The National Autistic Society website states that routine and familiarity are key elements in living with their condition.

In my view, it would …

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  • User AvatarDavid Evans 20th Feb - 1:16am
    Joe, and yet another comment from you that does next to nothing to answer my point. If you ever do decide to do so, let...
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    Joe B. Going back to your comment of the 18th at 5.26 pm, replying to me - thank you - I don't really see that...
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    David, In Plato's Republic, Socrates' ideal society in the ancient world is constituted by three classes: Producers or Workers: The labourers who make the goods...
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    @expats Weirdly enough it was Theresa May herself who put that idea back into the public consciousness. Labour merely copied the idea. https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/news/77172/theresa-may-put-employees-company-boards In any...
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    Peter, As Jonathan Portes has written "...that (fiat) money is ultimately a governmental construct in modern capitalist economies, and central banks can indeed produce as...