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Put People in Power!

Networked peopleDevolution is boring. Nobody understands it. Nobody knows why it is important. Above all, nobody cares. Why on earth should Liberal Democrats consider put devolution front-and-centre?

At an Autumn Conference event run by a centrist think-tank, Radix, a floor member asked Norman Lamb a question. She said one word that stuck: powerless. The three most successful electoral campaigns in the Anglosphere in the last 10 years are, to my mind: Trump, Vote Leave, Obama.

Agree with them or not, they had two things in common. They were positive campaigns (whether or not …

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Opinion: Let’s have real “power to the people” for those of us outside the UK

power to the peopleThere is a lot wrong or out-of-date with our current political system. The Lib Dem policy paper “Power to the People” passed at the spring conference in York, addresses those issues in a typically liberal, radical way. It is worthy of our support, as a step forward, even if some find parts of it imperfect.

“Power to the People” aims to explore the viability of overseas constituencies. This would be quite radical for the UK but would – I believe – benefit it a …

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    @Little Jackie Piper Andrew McCaig – ‘Actually Norway is in the Single Market but not in the Customs Union.’ Yes…hence I used it as my...
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    Once again the Lib Dems seemed intent on fighting the referendum campaign again. This party should be coming up with radical solutions to make Brexit...
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    Yet the one party that has campaigned for this, remember Tim staring into his children's eye? Remains as far away from solid double figures in...
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    The future of Ireland is a united island, the future of Scotland is as an independent sovereign state. Perhaps Brexit can be a catalyst for...
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    Thanks, guys. You are right that I did indeed mean 'flak', Katharine; oops! Though the fact that they dodged the real matter-at-hand underlying the whole...
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    Yes! Thanks for this, Caron. Vince points the way ahead the country needs to go, and we must back him fully in the New Year.