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Tim Farron - Leader of the Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Budget policies before and after May 7th

    BEFORE: Tories ridicule LibDem budget proposal to slow down the pace of cuts

    AFTER: Pace of cuts will be slower and look suspiciously like LibDem proposal

    BEFORE: New levy on Bank profits and higher taxes on large dividend income proposed by Osborne's then deputy LibDem Danny Alexander was rejected

  • Article: Jul 15, 2015

    In 2010 George Osborne declared he would reduce Britain's budget deficit to £37bn by 2015. It currently stands at £89bn. On the rebalancing of the economy an important recent report by the independent ( but 'Right Leaning') think tank: Institute for the Study of Civil Society [CIVITAS]* dealing with the aerospace sector notes that in 1990 207 UK companies, employing more than 100000 people and were at the heart of this British manufacturing sector. By 2014 the number was down to 47 - mainly with low turnover, low R & D budgets and little of the technology upon which they could grow to any scale. Foreign ownership is now 41% - up from14 %. The report says: 'Only three UK companies (BAE Systems, NATS and Rolls Royce) are protected from foreign take over by the presence of a government 'golden share' on their share register. By contrast, virtually all other developed countries retain more power to block foreign takeovers not deemed to be in the national interest over large sections of their economies. The UK position is so anomalous that it has to be regarded as either ideologically based or protected by powerful vested interests'.[posters emphasis] Britain hasn't even come close to realising Osborne's 2010 stated goal. There is nothing in the budget that addresses this issue - indeed the reduction of corporation tax to 18% is likely to make the situation worse.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2015

    McDonald's is being investigated for allegedly dodging over a billion euros in taxes. But it's not just McDonald's who are lovin' tax avoidance. Pepsi, Amazon, Apple, Starbucks, IKEA -- practically every major global company has been accused of playing the same game, denying at least £65bn per year to developing countries!

  • Article: Jul 14, 2015

    George Osborne's budget, now that we have had chance to think about it is a masterpiece of the conjurers art. One eminent economist notes that he (Osborne) is a masterful politician but has never shown much understanding of economics. The trick is that working tax credits for the low paid will be modified/withdrawn fairly sharpish but the effect of this in the right wing media (which is most of it) has been buried under the coverage of his intention to see the minimum wage for those over 25 rise from £6.50 per hour to £9 by 2020. Notice the different time scales. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research calculates that a single mother working 30hrs a week at the minimum wage will, in two years time, be £1000 a year WORSE off than she is today. And that assumes that she actually still has a job then. A wide range of scenarios about what will happen to minimum wage level jobs not all of them gloomy, can be discovered if one looks. However the Social Care sector seems likely to have the gloomiest outlook. Given the ageing population and the consequent increasing demand for such care it is likely that either the welfare bill will rise beyond what the Tories hope or they will be forced to finally tackle the protected status of pensioners - a class of voter who votes more and inclines to the Tories.

  • Article: Jul 13, 2015

    Why is it so dreadful for Jeremy Corbyn to possibly lead the Labour Party? He is described as an unreconstructed left winger and his competing leadership contender Liz Kendall told the Financial Times that a Corbyn victory would put Labour out of power for 15yrs. Ms Kendall is the choice of the Blairites who are worried that, if Corbyn wins or even comes a close second, it will send out a strong signal that Labour is wedded to an old fashioned socialist agenda. It could be argued that Kendall really belongs in the Tory Party. Some of us recall that the Blair Government presided over a substantial redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich; did remarkably little to promote the interests of Labours core vote (unlike the Tories who NEVER fail to put the interests of their core vote right up front); and embarked on some disastrous military adventures in the best Tory tradition. Given the extent to which Osborne (who has the real power) in a Tory government unrestrained by the LibDems is moving swiftly to the 'hard right' perhaps a bit of real socialism somewhere might not come amiss. Even the Pope is realising that the worship of money and power is a mistake and is apologising for the Catholic Church's mistakes in the past.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2015

    As we rightly remember today the atrocity of July 7th 2005, and mourn the victims, we should also remember the incredibly brave local Muslims of Sousse, Tunisia, who put their own lives on the line to save people from the gunman. Can the media, politicians, and other spokespersons please STOP using the term 'Islamist' to describe certain types of terrorists and 'Islamic State' for ISIS. These terrorists are NOT Islamists and ISIS is NOT a 'State'. The repeated and unthinking use of these words creates a totally untrue impression that all Muslims are potential terrorists. They are NOT. As one of the heroes of the beach at Sousse said: " My Qur'an, my prophet Muhammad, they say I must protect these people who are my guests. This is the real Islam, not this terrorism. That's why I said: [to the gunman] Kill me if you want". These true followers of the prophet are likely to be rewarded for their heroism by being out of a job if tourists stay away. The tolerant way Muslim Tunisia is trying to be governed is an enormous threat to the ideology and ambitions of ISIS. That is why it is being targeted. We must not let Tunisia fail. Those Britons who have stayed on in Sousse have done the right thing.

  • Article: Jul 5, 2015

    One reason why we are stuck with an unfettered Tory Government, probably until 2020 -poor us, is that even intelligent media steadfastly refuses to give the LibDems any credit for anything that is positive. The Financial Times 'Money' section, in an otherwise excellent article on how to build your own home, quotes the Chairman of the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) as saying; " Whatever your politics, the Conservative majority is good news if you are among the 1m people who say they would like to build their own home over the next five years".. The first wave of schemes under the 'Right to Build' pledge was unveiled in September2014. They were pretty meagre but a start. The Self and Custom Build Housing Act 2015 was drafted and then debated and then finally implemented in April 2015. We had a COALITION at those times. In fact Liberal Democrat Policy Motion F21 'Building the affordable homes we need' was debated and passed at the LibDem Autumn Conference in Glasgow held between 4th & 8th October 2014. It drew upon a policy paper dated 2012. It included self build. So actually a Conservative majority on 7th May was not such good news except in so far as it seems to be one of the few worthwhile coalition policies that the Tories have not, so far, tried to repeal.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2015

    Labour and Conservatives seem keen on the HS2 project and, since most constituencies along the proposed route elected pro-HS2 MPs it seems likely to go ahead. The cost has already hit £50bn and is still rising. Optimistically the first trains to Birmingham are proposed for 'sometime' in 2025 and Manchester in 2033. The first Japanese 'Bullet train' entered service in 1964 and the first French TGV in Sept 1981. Are we a bit late?

  • Article: Jul 3, 2015

    HamptonWick Ward by -election for Richmond LBC - fantastic win by Liberal Democrat Geraldine Locke with 42.96% of the vote. Labour came fourth behind the Greens and the other great news was that UKIP scraped a mere 69 votes (2.49%). Brilliant result Geraldine.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Blundered into this by accident but I personally thought it was so good I couldn't resist sharing it here

    By Ben Jones - June 2013.

    The news will say we're suffering from excess immigration
    That a rampant hoard of foreigners has fallen on our nation
    But truthfully, there hasn't been a native Briton here
    Since people dressed in mammoth skin and hunted with a spear

A £600 tax cut for every ordinary worker in the country Income Tax Halved for Someone on the Minimum Wage