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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Why the “bedroom tax” must be abolished, not tinkered with

This morning’s press is full of dramatically-headlined articles on how leading Liberal Democrats are to move away from their support for the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. First, credit where credit’s due. For once (and it is a for once) the party leadership made the Federal Policy Committee aware that something was to happen, and there was […]

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The Triple Lock and why enshrining it in law is wrong

I have written on Lib Dem Voice about why it is wrong to propose the enshrinement of the pensions Triple Lock in law. I seem to have support from a number of unusual sources. socialise this:

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On Liberator: The Orange Book – Still Absurd

The Liberator blog has this piece from me on today’s event celebrating the mythical status of the Orange Book among certain right-wingers. It reads as follows:- There has been more inaccurate material written about the “Orange Book” than just about every other recent Liberal publication combined. I described it at the time as “quite an […]

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