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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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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 European Arrest Warrant

by Iain Donaldson on 12 November, 2014

For generations the white coast of Spain was reknowned in the UK as the costa del crime, it was where the British Criminals went to spend their ill gotten gains without any possibility that they would be extradited back to the UK, because there was no extradition treaty negotiated or likely to be negotiated with […]

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How it really is – Education, Education, Education

by Iain Donaldson on 26 October, 2014

Education teaches you how to read a book whereas edification teaches you how to use the information that is contained in the book. Only the edified appreciate the importance of education and learning from an early age to lifting people out of ignorance, poverty and conformity. Indeed in many ways it is edification, not education, […]

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How it really is – the folly of the Mansion Tax

by Iain Donaldson on 24 October, 2014

The price of any commodity is dependent both on the need for the commodity and its availability in the market. The more a product is needed and the less available a product is the higher its price will be. That has been the simple economic truth that has driven the UK’s housing crisis year on […]

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Political Perspective – the right to protest!

by Iain Donaldson on 23 October, 2014

I have today posted my colour to the mast by calling on Nick Clegg to explain again why he has supported and pushed through parliament illiberal legislation restricting the right to protest and introducing secret courts for civil action. Those of you who know me know that this is not the first time I have […]

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Political Perspective – The Scottish Referendum

by Iain Donaldson on 7 September, 2014

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that the politics of Britain when Scotland joined the United Kingdom of England, Wales and Ireland can in any way be reflected onto today’s politics. None of the political parties we are familiar with today had been formed back then, indeed the political revolution that led to universal […]

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