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Political Perspective: More Vacuums than Dyson

by Iain Donaldson on 26 May, 2015

I have been attacked elsewhere by elected members of the FE for stating that the creation of the Wheelhouse was to fill a vacuum left by the Federal Party Campaigns and Communications Committee (CCC).  I stand by that assessment and I have to say that the fact that the CCC feels it was disconnected enough […]

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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 – 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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How it could have been – under Labour

by Iain Donaldson on 18 October, 2014

It’s a hot summer evening in Manchester and you are walking home along a deserted street, in a city that has fallen eerily silent. The Government’s insistence on imposing its fuel escalator has taken the cost of even public transport out of your reach as the price of bus tickets has risen at 6% above […]

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