2020 Liberal Vision

From Iain Donaldson, a Manchester Liberal Democrat Learn more

In the film Brigadoon we are told the tale of a mysterious town that vanished in the mists and reappears once every hundred years. Today we see the Labour party taking a similar approach to public campaigning on the European Referendum, as it spends more time debating the rights and wrongs of sharing platforms with […]

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Political Perspective – votein patronizin

by Iain Donaldson on 29 May, 2016

Well, this week we have seen proof positive that the Liberal Democrats have been right to run our own Remain campaign alongside the official cross-party campaign as we can distance ourselves from the latest patronizin (sic) attempt by votein to get young people to support remaining in the EU. In a publicity stunt second only […]

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Political Perspective – Creating a balanced team

by Iain Donaldson on 7 February, 2016

There are those who wrongly argue that the Two Ronnies never did political satyre or new wave comedy, but the reality is that they were the masters of the art as was demonstrated in the series of sketches ‘The Worm that Turned”.  Broadcast in 1980, just after Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. […]

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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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In the past week we have seen two stories hit the national press, and both had three things in common: The colour red, asylum seekers and singling people out. The first was the unsavoury story of a housing provider in Middlesbrough contracted to G4S to provide accommodation to asylum seekers painting their front doors red. […]

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Political Perspective: The folly of informal diplomacy

by Iain Donaldson on 25 January, 2016

34 years ago my grandmother woke me with the news that the Argentineans had invaded Scotland. Even in that half-sleep state it seemed odd that a South American nation would travel all that way to attack the UK. I relocated to the living-room sofa to watch the Breakfast News, and I was able to assure […]

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Political Perspective: Reinvigorating our railways.

by Iain Donaldson on 15 January, 2016

As once again as the old parties pit failed ideology against failed ideology debating whether our railways are best run by the state or by the private sector, there is a clear alternative Liberal case to be made. The railways are a public service and we uniquely believe that public service is at its best […]

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Political Perspective: Labour’s Bedroom Tax

by Iain Donaldson on 10 December, 2015

Imposed on private sector tenants by the Labour Government on 7th April 2008 the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was the forerunner to the so called ‘Bedroom Tax’ and introduced the concept that the state would only pay Housing Benefits for the number of rooms the claimant’s household need to occupy. The number of bedrooms needed […]

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Political Perspective: Affordable housing for all

by Iain Donaldson on 26 November, 2015

Liberal Democrats believe that regardless of income, employment, class, or circumstance, everyone has a right to a safe, affordable home, which is why we oppose the Conservative’s “Right to Buy” scheme. There is not enough housing to go round in he UK, and that means we need to build over a quarter of a million […]

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Political Perspective: Trans day of remembrance

by Iain Donaldson on 20 November, 2015

I was today asked why we specifically need a Trans day of remembrance rather than a day of remembrance for all the gay community. After letting out my sharp intake of breath I took the time to explain to the unfortunate individual the difference between gay (same sex love) and trans (gender dysphoria). The person […]

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