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How it really is – Who makes UK Laws?

by Iain Donaldson on 3 April, 2014

In tonight’s debate on Britain’s future relations with the European Union, Nigel Farage stated that 70% or UK law comes from Brussels, whereas Nick Clegg stated that it was just 7%, but who was right and why? Firstly it depends on your definition of Law. If by law you mean Acts of Parliament then Nick […]

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The number of people employed in the City of Manchester will incease to the highest level in recent history by 2015 according to figures released by Manchester’s Labour bosses. Far from the doom and gloom predicted in Labour leaftlets across the CIty, the Council is anticipating a surge in the number of jobs available thanks […]

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Last year I was verbally abused, mocked and derided by people for whom I had worked damned hard to get the best deal I could out of Manchester City Council.  Across this country thousands of hard working Liberal Democrat councillors and activists were facing the same situation. In 2010 the Liberal Democrats reluctantly joined forces […]

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How it really is – Labour is still the party of sleaze

by Iain Donaldson on 20 January, 2012

Labour continue the sleaze even in opposition! Shadow Housing Minister, Jack Dromey, was forced to apologise to the Commons yesterday after failing to declare that he had accepted almost £60,000 in payments from the trade union Unite. A parliamentary sleaze inquiry found Jack Dromey, who is married to deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, committed a […]

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Keynsian economics is often quoted as being the right option for Britain’s current economic crisis.  The irony is that if my understandin of Keynsian economics is correct that this coalition is doing exactly what Keynes recommends in the current circumstances. The spend to grow argument does not stand in isolation, but is in fact subject […]

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How it really is – Labour’s mismanagement of Manchester

by Iain Donaldson on 30 December, 2011

Sometimes decisions are made for you in life, and in May 2010 the decision to leave front line politics in Manchester was made for me. I would have continued to serve the community I had represented for the past 7 years if they had re-elected me, but having not been re-elected and having therefore had […]

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The Coalition Government should “accelerate” Liberal Democrat plans to increase personal tax allowances to help the economy during the euro crisis, business leaders have warned the Chancellor in a letter to the Telegraph. The proposal to increase the basic tax threshold to £ 10,000 is one of many Liberal Democrat manifesto committments that were central […]

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Political Perspective – putting rail travel back on track!

by Iain Donaldson on 16 December, 2010

England’s overstretched rail network has done well out of the spending review. The figures on the detailed impact of the spending review compared to the last years of the Labour Government show that by 2013 we will spend more in real terms on improving rail services compared to the last year under Labour. With the […]

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