Abolish the Audit Commission, Ofsted and more

Wednesday, 08 April 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

Richard Church: Public services are now more accountable to inspectors than they are to the public th Read more
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Money talks: a response to David Boyle

Monday, 06 April 2009

I very much welcome the challenge laid down by David Boyle to the Social Liberal Forum. Indeed, there is very little in it with which I can disagree. In particular, I share the view held by David that the view that ‘everything can be solved by tax and spending’ is mistaken. I strongly believe that we need a revolution in the way that decisions are made in this country, and that we need to take a totally different approach, Read more
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Save us from Fabianism

Sunday, 05 April 2009

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Liberator Magazine (#332). Liberator have kindly allowed us to reproduce this here, along with Matthew Sowemimo's accompanying article. We have a new Liberal Democrat think-tank. And when there has been little or no thinking around the party for two decades, that has to be a good thing. So why a Read more
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Reconnecting with our radical heritage

Sunday, 05 April 2009

This article, an adaptation of the speech Matthew Sowemimo gave at the Social Liberal Forum fringe meeting at Harrogate Spring Conference in March, originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Liberator Magazine (#332). Liberator have kindly allowed us to reproduce this here, along with David Boyle's accompanying article. Social Liberalism is the mai Read more
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Land Value Tax NOW

Sunday, 05 April 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

Tony Vickers: For many Liberal Democrats, income tax is the most progressive of taxes. Those who earn most, so t Read more
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Volunteercorps

Monday, 30 March 2009

The Ideas Factory is a chance for you to pitch your own idea of what should be in the next Liberal Democrat manifesto. The proposal here is not the policy of the Social Liberal Forum. We will however be passing it - and the response it generates - onto the Manifesto Working Group.

The Proposal

Simon Radford:If you have not read Steve Waldman’s ‘The Bill’, I would recommend it.  It follows the life cycle of a campai Read more
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Nick Clegg and today's FT - by Gareth Epps

Friday, 27 March 2009

Today's news that the Liberal Democrats have reviewed the pledge to cut the overall burden of taxation is timely and Read more
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Reinventing the State (for a tenner)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

rtscover100The new printing of Reinventing the State is now available for sale on the Methuen Bookshop at the special discount price of £10 including postage (RRP £14.99). Get your copy Read more
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No turning back? A response to Compass

Monday, 09 March 2009

At the launch of the Social Liberal Forum in Harrogate, there was considerable enthusiasm among those attending for talking to people outside the Liberal Democrats where there is scope for developing policy ideas together. One organisation specifically suggested was Compass. Coincidentally, an article appeared in the New Statesman just a few days ago which s Read more
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Report from Social Liberal Forum Launch

Monday, 09 March 2009

Matthew Sowemimo helping launch Social Liberal Forum (@soclib... on TwitPic The launch of the Social Liberal Forum in Harrogate was a truly excellent meeting - I don't think I have ever come across so much enthusiasm at such an event. Kicking off the discussions, Matthew So Read more
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