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To OBR or not to OBR? That’s the manifesto audit question

libdemmanifesto 2010 wordleEd Balls wants it. Danny Alexander seems pretty keen on it, too. What is ‘it’? Asking the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties.

On the face of it, that’s a good idea. Transparency’s a good thing and surely the public deserve to know as much as possible before we cast our once-in-five-years ballot which decides the next government? The case in favour is persuasively put by Giles Wilkes, until recently a special adviser to Vince Cable who has seen the …

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  • User AvatarJames Belchamber 29th Jan - 1:38pm
    Many Local Parties can hardly pay their website hosting bill - expecting them to support local members wishing to attend conference just wouldn't work. Conference...
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    Liberalism is for freedom. The Chinese government is the opposite. Conservatism is for stability. The decision by this government is the opposite. Why not try...
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    @Daniel Walker. Regrettably it seems to be the sort of question that misled LD Strategists into believing right up to 10pm on Polling Day in...
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    I agree David. I think a full and comprehensive review of the Conference setup and the way policy is decided needs to be undertaken. For...
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