Monthly Archives: August 2013

In full: Willie Rennie: We need a new Claim of Right to deliver a powerful Scotland in the UK

The full text of Willie Rennie’s speech in Glasgow today in which he called on the party leaders to develop a joint declaration on future constitutional change after a no vote for independence.  One of the reasons that people have … Continue reading

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"The Government won’t let my husband into UK – while they talk about bombing the bejeezus out of his neighbourhood!"

This morning, Christine Gilmore wrote an article on Liberal Democrat Voice about why she believes intervention in Syria is critical. She has a different perspective than most of us as she has lived in Damascus. She moved there in 2010 … Continue reading

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Syria: what do Liberal Democrats want?

Last night Liberal Democrat Voice brought you Nick Clegg’s view on Syria, which can be summarised as follows: if we stand idly by we set a very dangerous precedent the use of chemical weapons is a repugnant crime we will not … Continue reading

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Struggling over Syria

I am really struggling with the question of what to do in Syria. On one hand, you have an evil and brutal regime who has no problem with gassing its own people. It didn’t just get evil after the Arab … Continue reading

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Day 9131 in pictures

Yesterday was as wonderful as it’s possible for a day to be. The weather was perfect, sunny and hot, as our Silver Wedding day journey took us from the heart of vegetarian Edinburgh, to revisiting the scene of the crime … Continue reading

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9131 days ago….

….. at around this time, this happened… I can scarcely believe that a whole quarter of a century has elapsed. I was incredibly lucky to find, while still (only just) a teenager, a loving life partner with kindness, patience, wit … Continue reading

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If you haven’t replied to the consultation on Scotland’s same sex marriage bill, DO IT NOW!

At almost the 11th hour, I have submitted my views to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities Committee which will be considering Scotland’s Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill. The deadline is today, so you really need to get on with it. The … Continue reading


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Edinburgh Fringe Review: Chris Kent: Second Fix

The Festival’s almost over and so far I’ve only managed to see two show, as different from each other as you could possibly get. On Tuesday at the Book Festival, I saw American political predictions pundit Nate Silver. My review … Continue reading

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Malcolm Tucker vs the Daleks

Bob, Anna and I gathered round the tv in our holiday cottage to watch the Doctor Who special last Sunday.  I probably owe Zoe Ball an apology after being so critical of her choice as presenter. She did a very … Continue reading

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What the hell are the Home Office playing at – and why are Liberal Democrats letting them get away with it?

So, it seems that officials from the Home Office have been showing up at tube stations in London and demanding to see proof of people’s immigration status. That would be non white people’s status, by the way. The Independent has … Continue reading

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