Zadok Day leaves the Lib Dems but makes a very... →
Mansion Tax is a Mistake
The Labour opposition has submitted a motion on the Mansion Tax to be voted on next week. I understand why LibDem MPs will be sorely tempted to vote for it. It is superficially attractive and comes from a good place. It will raise money helping to fund either tax cuts for the less well-off or to help pay for services (maybe). It will be popular for this reason especially at a difficult time in...
British Influence: Britain should reform, not... →
britishinfluence: Leaving the European Court of Human Rights would severely diminish Britain’s influence and leadership role in the world and in Europe. A British invention, the Court has helped protect the fundamental rights of citizens, including in the UK from Government and police violation since…
A Brief History of Liberty: Labour's southern... →
abriefhistoryofliberty: Take a look at the results of the 2010 General Election and you may notice that if you take the south of England (the southwest, southeast and east of england, excluding London which is hugely different culturally and politically), Labour aren’t too strong. In fact, they have only ten…
The SWP and all that →
By Paul Richards
Wishful Thinking and the EU Referendum
So there you have it, the Prime Minister has made his much anticipated speech on Europe and theUK’s relationship with it. As I understand it, he has promised a referendum to the British people, should the Conservative Party win the next General Election - and he remains Prime Minister – legalisation would be put down to allow a vote on whether the UK remains in the EU or not, to take place...
British Influence: Dan Hannan is wrong on the EU... →
britishinfluence: Dan Hannan is wrong that our membership of the EU is bad for our trade for a number of reasons: Trade with developing countries is not prevented by the EU but is limited by domestic policy. Germany manages to trade more with China than it does with France and has many more trade missions in…
Guidelines for Submitting Demos →
It’s still the economy, stupid, which is why the... →
Media doesn’t realise that Osborne’s Plan A is... →
UKIP in chaos and faces backlash for firing its... →
Do the Lib Dems need ‘Plastic Liberals?’ →
Er…um Right-wing Liberals (?) and the economic...
There has been a discussion in Liberator blog of a supposed right-wing takeover of the Liberal Democrats over the past few years. I can’t comment on the internal political dimension so I devote myself to comment on the economic aspect. There are those who are critical of an increased emphasis on the free market in the party. I hope I have understood their argument but the principal objection...
Science and our economy: the (blue) sky's the... →
Julian Hippert MP emphasises the importance of science to our economy.
A Mandatory 'Living Wage' Would Hurt Young People... →
by Mike Bird
Liberal Reform Response to 'Shares for Rights' →
Liberal Reform has been concerned about the ‘Shares for Rights’ plan for employees, as have many Liberal Democrats. Since increased co-operative ownership is a longstanding Liberal goal, we are keen to make sure that the government’s plans are reformed or scrapped. Our response by Simon McGrath is below here.
Radical Centrist Platform →
Richard Reeves: Obama’s victory holds no lessons... →
Forget Obama: Hollande’s latest lesson for Labour:... →
The man who saved the Union: Lib Dem Michael Moore... →
Nick Clegg launches Lib Dems Abroad →
Roger Scuton offers some thoughts on "Charity" →
Andrew Emmerson's Photo: This is clegg on people... →
Prying Eye: The Problem with Civil Wars →
A piece about the applicability of the Geneva Conventions in relation to civil wars.
Four-Cornered Liberalism: Need all the corners be...
Liberal Reform was launched last Monday and I am excited over its creation. Indeed, I have joined its mailing list and once I have rejoined the LibDems will join this group too. When I joined the party initially in 1994 there was no such group. I looked to establish one but without success, so kudos and many thanks to Mike Bird and co for setting it up. Its purpose it as follows: “Liberal...
Liberal Martin: Not left, not right, just... →
liberalmartin: Today sees the launch of Liberal Reform, a new group within the Liberal Democrats that exists to promote what it’s calling “four cornered liberalism”, that is personal, political, social and economic liberalism. There have been a few groups launched in recent months in the Liberal Democrats,…
#ElectoralReform Won't Go Away
If a set of recent local byelection results were repeated nationally under the new boundaries the results would be as follows: Cons 36.1% (266 seats); Lab 34.5% (281); LD 19.3% (29). You may notice something. The Tories would win on percentage of vote and Labour would win a plurality of seats (15 more to be precise). OK the next General Election is a little over three years away and much can...
Lib Dems: The Wrong Enemies →
Tribal Psychology of Politics →
Why Russia protects Syria's Assad →
America – the indispensable nation →
An economic liberal case for a consumer-driven... →
The Liberalism of Classical Liberalism →
Pete Boettke explores the liberal roots of contemporary classical liberalism
Aren’t these modernising groups just today’s... →
Exclusive: David Miliband's crusade to unite the... →
The Lib Dems In Government – True To Our Values →
Egremont: Rejecting crony capitalism →
toryreformgroup: Alexander Pannett 9.45am With the City bonus season fast approaching, politicians are talking a lot about the need to tackle “crony capitalism”. Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband have called for executive remuneration to be made fairer and more transparent. This follows a…
A never-ending spectacle: the IAEA report and... →
If you´re interested in #Iran and its #NuclearPolicy, you should read this.
Why I´m a Liberal
Building public confidence in the free market Before I begin properly, I should make a brief note of clarification. I use the term Liberal to mean an adherent to the political philosophy of Liberalism, rather than a supporter of the post-1988 Liberal Party, although I hope supporters of that Party may read this piece and find it worthwhile. Being a Liberal Democrat supporter isn’t easy at the...