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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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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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Tuition fees in England: the History

by Iain Donaldson on 1 October, 2011

Who introduced Tuition Fees for University Education? In September of 1998, with a significant majority in the House of Commons the Labour Party Government broke its manifesto commitment to students and introduced tuition fees of £ 1,000 for the first time across the UK to help with the costs of funding University tuition. Following the […]

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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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