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Politics:  Universal Credit – a good idea done badly

by Iain Donaldson on 19 October, 2017

The original idea of Universal Credit was to create a system in which all benefits could be applied for in one application, quickly calculated, and paid out in a timely fashion to ensure that the claimant did not face months of hardship and cross assessment.  There is nothing wrong with that principle, but when it […]

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Politics: The right to be treated as human

by Iain Donaldson on 7 June, 2017

The use of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is prohibited under human rights law, as is the outsourcing of torture to other states.  Extraordinary rendition is the deliberate apprehension and transfer of detainees to foreign countries for interrogation, outside of the law, where there is a risk that the person might be […]

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Politics: The Battle for Britain

by Iain Donaldson on 19 April, 2017

The United Kingdom stands today at a crossroads, and it for the people to decide which path we tread. One path leads us to international isolation and the destruction of the values we have built over two centuries, the other leads us to the open, tolerant and united Britain that so many of us have […]

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Politics: The fall of the English Empire.

by Iain Donaldson on 3 April, 2017

When Spain entered the EU it was on the condition that they dropped their territorial claims over Gibraltar and re-opened the border. When Britain leaves the EU Spain will be at liberty to reinstate its claim over Gibraltar, and frankly if Britain were to do as Michael Fallon has hinted then she would find herself […]

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Politics: Britain bows out of the international community

by Iain Donaldson on 29 March, 2017

The triggering today of Article 50 signals the withdrawal of the UK from the international stage. What the protagonists for Leave have failed to understand is that this is not just about negotiating a new relationship with Europe, we will leave the EU with no trading relationship with the rest of the world.  It has […]

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As the price of food and everyday commodities continues to rise in our shops, the Conservatives have chosen to increase the National Insurance Tax on shopkeepers, local tradespeople taxi-drivers and anyone else who is self-employed.  Meanwhile the big businesses like Amazon, Costa and others who have evaded paying their full share of tax are getting […]

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Once again in England Labour stands shoulder to shoulder with the Conservatives.  It is left to the Liberal Democrats to lead the only real opposition.  Labour has joined the Conservatives and UKIP in competing for a diminishing leave vote. Jeremy Corbyn has now positioned his party to lose seats in 2020.  The Lib Dems are […]

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I have always supported the principle of devolving power as closely to the people as possible, and never has the case for that devolution to a North West Assembly been more necessary nor more starkly illustrated than now.   There are just over 7 million people in the North West, that is nearly 11% of […]

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Many commentators have been shocked to hear Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer Foreign Secretary, calling on the EU to go softly on president Erdogan’s proposals to re-introduce the Death Penalty for treachery and to allow the Turkish application for EU membership to continue. Perhaps they would be less shocked if they looked at Boris’s heritage and […]

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Politics: Dynasty

by Iain Donaldson on 11 November, 2016

The election of Donald Trump has been coming for a long time, possibly even long before Mr Trump decided to stand for president, and the simple truth is that had it not been him it would have been someone else. The simple truth is that America has for decades been run by two powerful families, […]

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