To be on the positive side….

Let’s focus on the positives, whatever the outcome of today’s events in Scotland. Today is the first UK election in which 16 and 17 year olds have been able to vote. That itself should be a cause for celebration. socialise this:

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Interesting times in German Liberal politics

Any German-speaking readers might be interested in this report of the birth of a new Social Liberal party in Germany to rival the declining FDP. The two issues identified by its founding members where views diverge are welfare and the environment. The economic liberal FDP has for many years prioritised economic growth over environmental protection […]

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Democracy Postponed

It is an interesting and perhaps not the most sensible move to postpone democracy in response to a terrorist threat: but that is what the Liberal Democrat leadership bunker has unilaterally decided to do by postponing publication of the Conference agenda and the Pre-Manifesto. The diktat was handed down to Conference Committee members this morning […]

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Glasgow Conference Cancelled?

It seems that without telling anyone, the Lib Dem hierarchy has cancelled its autumn conference in Glasgow. Or so it would seem from the endless string of announcements that ‘XXX policy will be in the manifesto’ – today one about the longstanding but relatively peripheral policy of safe standing at football matches (honoured in the […]

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Reading’s Pub Closures Crisis

Reading and its surrounds are in the midst of a pub closure crisis. The sudden departure of the landlord of the Lyndhurst and its closure on Sunday is the latest in a string of closures. I am writing this sat in Wokingham’s Shute End headquarters, about to speak in my CAMRA role (strictly non-party political) […]

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