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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 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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The outcome of negotiations for a British exit from the European Union are not, and can not yet, be known and so the Referendum was held on an entirely false premise that we would be better off out than in.  For this reason it is logical that when the options are known we should ask […]

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The latest nonsense meme being circulated by the campaign against Britain remaining in the EU relates to a recent realisation by the Swiss Government that they did not complete the paperwork 22 years ago when they decided not to join the EU.  Switzerland stopped pursuing its application in 1994 when it decided instead to go […]

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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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There are those who cite Switzerland as an example of a non EU Country that is able to negotiate trade on favourable terms, but the reality of Switzerland’s position makes a strong case for Britain to remain in the EU. On 9 February 2014 Switzerland voted “Against Mass Immigration” and in favour employers giving preference […]

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Liberals loathe conformity, we are awkward for the sake of being awkward, it’s in our blood.  We question everything, we dissent on anything and we are definitely not going to all agree on anything.  That is why I know that one Wednesday afternoon in Bournemouth something new happened. A working class lad from an ordinary […]

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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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