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Political Perspective: Welfare Cuts

by Iain Donaldson on 21 July, 2015

If you have criticised the Liberal Democrats for entering coalition with the Tories to negotiate away the worst excesses of their welfare cuts, rather than joining Labour to oppose those cuts, then last night’s vote shows you how wrong you have been. The Liberal Democrats last night voted against the Tory cuts, expecting Labour to […]

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Political Perspective: Liberalism

by Iain Donaldson on 19 July, 2015

On today’s Andrew Marr show, Tim Farron finally laid to rest the question of equidistance that has haunted Liberal Leaders for as long as I can remember. With absolute certainty that his response would be understood Tim defined Labour in Liberal terms, they are authoritarian. That is why people like Tim and I, born of […]

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Political Perspective: The Clegg Years

by Iain Donaldson on 16 July, 2015

Today, 16th July 2015, the Liberal Democrats elect a new leader, and Nick Clegg joins that illustrious band of Bob McLennan, Paddy Ashdown, Charles Kennedy and Sir Menzies Campbell as a former Leader of the Liberal Democrats.  On the day when the Liberal Democrats will choose a new leader to take the party out of […]

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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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Political Perspective: Whistleblowing On Trident

by Iain Donaldson on 19 May, 2015

Well, we have had a Tory Government for less than a week and already we are seeing workers’ rights being torn apart as the police arrest Trident whistle-blower William McNeilly (now in custody) following leaked allegations about safety and security failings on Trident nuclear submarines. William McNeilly, 25, went on the run after alleging in […]

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Political Perspective: Human Rights

by Iain Donaldson on 19 May, 2015

If the Liberal Democrats exist for anything then it is to defend our fundamental human rights. In the aftermath of the atrocities of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called for a human rights charter, speaking of the need for a Convention on Human Rights. The European Convention on Human Rights was one […]

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Political Perspective: The NHS

by Iain Donaldson on 3 April, 2015

The Liberal Democrats are unique in British Politics in wanting to see Mental Health care put on the same financial footing as physical health care. During this parliament they have succeeded in getting funding for Mental Health Care increased, and for the first time they have introduced maximum waiting times for patients presenting to our […]

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Political Perspective – Je Suis Charlie

by Iain Donaldson on 9 January, 2015

Article 19 of the International Declaration of Human rights affirms that: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. We must be prepared to demonstrate our absolute commitment […]

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