Monthly Archives: July 2013

In Full: Michael Moore’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce in Dunfermline: Scotland, better, safer and stronger in UK

Like it says on the tin, the whole speech delivered this morning, which neatly summarises what he’s been doing in terms of the Independence debate over the past few months. And reminds us all, that, actually, independence would be a … Continue reading

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Thirty memories to celebrate thirty years of Lib Demmery

Today is my birthday. I can barely bring myself to say the great age I’ve reached, but it does mark a significant milestone for me. Three decades ago today, I joined the SDP. I hope you’ll forgive the narcissistic indulgence, … Continue reading

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Rennie and Moore secure £35 million Bedroom Tax help

The arguments over the so-called Bedroom Tax have been rehearsed on this site on many occasions and it’s been in the news today, with the judgement that it does not discriminate against disabled people. The Department of Work and Pensions has separately … Continue reading


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BBC’s story on immigration billboards misses the point

Like many Liberal Democrats – actually make that virtually all Liberal Democrats who have commented – I am absolutely fuming about the Government’s plans, announced by immigration minister Mark Harper, to send billboards around 6 London boroughs with a message … Continue reading

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ATOS to lose monopoly of Work Cabability Assessments after audit shows up "unacceptable" standard of report

Those of us who are concerned about the fairness of the welfare system often cite the Work Capability Assessment, which claimants of Employment and Support Allowance are required to take. It seems that every few days there’s a story in … Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat Councillor’s tweeting dog Bailey makes headlines.

Many people reading this will be aware that Brentwood Cllr Karen Chilvers offered a home earlier this year to Bailey, a dog destined to be put down. She nursed him back to health and he’s now part of her family. … Continue reading

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Catherine Tate’s top tips: Be nice to everyone and don’t be late. With added Doctor Who geekery

Catherine Tate? On a politics site?  Really? Well, this is a lovely Summer Saturday morning, Parliament has just broken up for its holidays, so I just thought I’d do something a little bit different. You can tell me to take … Continue reading

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Dancing Queen, carnations and Nick Clegg – a snippet of the Equal Marriage vigil

I had half wanted to come down to London with Anna yesterday to be outside the House of Lords when the Same Sex Marriage Bill cleared its final hurdle there.We decided against it as we’ve been away so much recently, … Continue reading

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To anyone who thinks that women shouldn’t breastfeed in public

If you are the sort of idiot who would intimidate a mother on a train, telling her to go and feed her baby in the toilet, watch this and get over your ignorance. I hope the tearoom manager who screamed … Continue reading

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Revealed: my ignorance of celebrity gossip…..

I am not as well informed as I used to be about who’s with who… I was at the Starfury Return to the 11th Hour Doctor Who convention in Birmingham this weekend which happened to be Catherine Tate’s first ever … Continue reading

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