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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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Liberal Democrats are calling for an Oyster style card to be introduced across Greater Manchester by Christmas. Cllr Iain Roberts leads the Lib Dem Group on Transport for Greater Manchester. Cllr Roberts said “Almost every bus and tram stop in Greater Manchester already has the equipment needed.” Labour hired ATOS to manage the scheme, but […]

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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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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: 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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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 – 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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