Archive for the ‘Views’ Category

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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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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In the past week we have seen two stories hit the national press, and both had three things in common: The colour red, asylum seekers and singling people out. The first was the unsavoury story of a housing provider in Middlesbrough contracted to G4S to provide accommodation to asylum seekers painting their front doors red. […]

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Political Perspective: The folly of informal diplomacy

by Iain Donaldson on 25 January, 2016

34 years ago my grandmother woke me with the news that the Argentineans had invaded Scotland. Even in that half-sleep state it seemed odd that a South American nation would travel all that way to attack the UK. I relocated to the living-room sofa to watch the Breakfast News, and I was able to assure […]

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Political Perspective: Affordable housing for all

by Iain Donaldson on 26 November, 2015

Liberal Democrats believe that regardless of income, employment, class, or circumstance, everyone has a right to a safe, affordable home, which is why we oppose the Conservative’s “Right to Buy” scheme. There is not enough housing to go round in he UK, and that means we need to build over a quarter of a million […]

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Political Perspective: Trans day of remembrance

by Iain Donaldson on 20 November, 2015

I was today asked why we specifically need a Trans day of remembrance rather than a day of remembrance for all the gay community. After letting out my sharp intake of breath I took the time to explain to the unfortunate individual the difference between gay (same sex love) and trans (gender dysphoria). The person […]

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Political Perspective: Suicide is not a joking matter

by Iain Donaldson on 2 August, 2015

The Guardian has published a picture of the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,  Nick Clegg standing on a Tube Platform with the caption: Nick Clegg considering his options on the platform at Turnpike Lane as the train bears down on him. I could easily be writing about the many reasons why Nick […]

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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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