Monthly Archives: March 2014

Carmichael: We should be proud of what we are achieving in the UK, not talking about leaving

In a week where I’ve despaired a bit of the pro-UK campaign, it’s good to see Alistair Carmichael come out brimming with pride at what we have and what we’ve built together in the UK. In a speech at Edinburgh … Continue reading

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Call Clegg: Nick condemns morning after pill critics as misogynist, medieval and insulting to women

I do love it when Nick gets all cross about things. He’s always been pretty open about his views but at times can come across almost too careful. Those occasions when he just lets rip are so good. This morning, … Continue reading

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Do you have a question for Willie Rennie?

Willie Rennie is doing a live web chat with the BBC’s Brian Taylor on Friday morning at 9:30 am, ahead of our Scottish Conference in Aberdeen. The BBC invites questions for him: As part of BBC Scotland’s coverage, Scottish Lib … Continue reading

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Vince Cable: The Tom Baker of shadow chancellorship

I’m sure nobody ever discusses my Liberal Democrat Voice co-editor Stephen Tall and I down the pub, but if you did, you would reckon that if we were choosing who we thought should be Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor for the … Continue reading

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Should prisoners have access to books?

The bees are buzzing around my bonnet today. Earlier I had a bit of a go at Danny Alexander for falling in with the Better Together dourness in the Scottish Referendum campaign. Now, I have Chris Grayling in my sights. … Continue reading

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Danny, please listen to Charles Kennedy before you write about the independence referendum again.

Danny Alexander’s article on the Independence Referendum in yesterday’s Sunday Times (£) was, for me, a frustrating read. If I’m honest, it was actually like nails being dragged down a blackboard.  Full of language like damaging, devastating and divorce, t is absolutely not … Continue reading


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Liberals must stand up against hate crime and prejudice. If we don’t, we condone it.

Over the last couple of weeks, several events have proved, as if we needed it to be proved, that hate speech and prejudice is alive and well in 21st century Britain. Last week, Pink News reported  a disturbing, angry and hate-filled transphobic … Continue reading

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A look ahead to Scottish Conference

This time next week, I’ll be on a train on my way to Aberdeen along with lots of other Scottish Liberal Democrats for our Spring Conference. This is the party’s main Conference, held over 3 days. Here’s my pick of … Continue reading

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My first thoughts on the Budget

This first appeared on Liberal Democrat Voice So the Chancellor has just sat down. Here are my first thoughts on the Budget. Nick gets his Workers’ Bonus The personal tax threshold rises to £10,500. I doubt it was anything to … Continue reading

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Media types, please note – women you could contact to talk about #indyref in final 6 months

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed my frequent irritation that so many of the political programmes seem to think it’s fine to have all male panels. As Scotland nears the biggest decision it will take in … Continue reading

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