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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 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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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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I am both a citizen of Britain and a Citizen of Europe.  All my adult life I have had a passport that declares me to be both a British Citizen and a Citizen of Europe.  I have never found myself conflicted by that notion. Now though I face the prospect of losing my European citizenship […]

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Politics: That was the year that was

by Iain Donaldson on 6 October, 2016

With the Party Conference season now over and our Westminster MP’s due to retake their seats in the mother of all parliaments I thought I might indulge myself with a little summary of where the parties active in my part of the world are up to. Labour With more security inside the hall than outside […]

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Politics: End the obfuscation on Trident

by Iain Donaldson on 19 July, 2016

I have often described the current Lib Dem policy on Trident as confused.  The Party effectively supports “a part time submarine on a zero-hours contract” and I have said that this is to all intents and purposes an abolition policy on Trident.  In last night’s debate on the UK’s Nuclear Deterrent my argument was vindicated. […]

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Political Perspective – The Battle for Britain

by Iain Donaldson on 13 July, 2016

On 23rd June 2016 the British People voted against the advice of: Every Living Prime Minister Almost every economic expert Almost every scientific expert Almost every historian Almost every industrialist Almost every financier Almost every trades union And almost every foreign leader who isn’t seeking the demise of the UK and Western society The response […]

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