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  With 48% of voters wishing to remain in the European Union, calls have already begun for a second referendum and a petition to parliament set up on the Government website has already attracted tens of thousands of signatures at the time of writing, and climbing at roughly 1000 signatures a minute, and crashing the Government […]

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Many people will by now have voted in the European Referendum basing their vote on what they know of the European Union and Britain’s relationship with it, but for those who haven’t here is my response to some of the worst of the negative campaign messages of project fear. Project Fear states that Britain is […]

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In the film Brigadoon we are told the tale of a mysterious town that vanished in the mists and reappears once every hundred years. Today we see the Labour party taking a similar approach to public campaigning on the European Referendum, as it spends more time debating the rights and wrongs of sharing platforms with […]

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Political Perspective – votein patronizin

by Iain Donaldson on 29 May, 2016

Well, this week we have seen proof positive that the Liberal Democrats have been right to run our own Remain campaign alongside the official cross-party campaign as we can distance ourselves from the latest patronizin (sic) attempt by votein to get young people to support remaining in the EU. In a publicity stunt second only […]

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Political Perspective – Creating a balanced team

by Iain Donaldson on 7 February, 2016

There are those who wrongly argue that the Two Ronnies never did political satyre or new wave comedy, but the reality is that they were the masters of the art as was demonstrated in the series of sketches ‘The Worm that Turned”.  Broadcast in 1980, just after Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. […]

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This autumn the Liberal Democrats will elect the Federal Committees that will prepare the ground for the 2019 European Elections and the 2020 General Election. The Party is currently discussing what those committees will look like, and even what they will be, but the problem is that once again the timing is all wrong. The […]

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Announced in 2002 as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping […]

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Right now the Liberal Democrats are engaged in that rare thing, a leadership contest, and for Britain’s third party (the Scottish Nationalists are not British they are Little Scotlanders) the decision as to who should lead the party determines the future of the party for the next ten years. Norman and Tim both believe that […]

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It is with great sadness that I have read today of the death of Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats. Like Paddy Ashdown before him, Charles was a very unique character in British politics, the sort of leader Liberal Democrats excell in finding, somebody who despite being totally versed in the ways […]

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Political Perspective: More Vacuums than Dyson

by Iain Donaldson on 26 May, 2015

I have been attacked elsewhere by elected members of the FE for stating that the creation of the Wheelhouse was to fill a vacuum left by the Federal Party Campaigns and Communications Committee (CCC).  I stand by that assessment and I have to say that the fact that the CCC feels it was disconnected enough […]

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