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Did the budget meet my tests?

A brief note, reflecting on the criteria by which I proposed we should judge the budget, now it has sunk in: What is the timescale? 5 years, so this is a clear Conservative victory. I am deeply concerned about this,

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How should we evaluate the budget?

Regardless of what Liberal Democrats might like the budget to be tomorrow, we always knew it was going to be a compromise between the Lib Dems and Conservatives in government. The Parliamentary arithmetic always meant that the Lib Dems’ game

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Intergenerational equity and the perils of groupthink

Crossposted from Quaequam Blog! As the implications of what it appears that the coalition is about to do in the upcoming budget sinks in, I have to admit to growing increasingly concerned. No-one – outside of the Labour leadership contest

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Autumn Conference motions 2 – feedback from comments so far

Wordles aren’t always as useful as they could be, but this summary of comments over the last few days about what topics the Social Liberal Forum should propose motions on at autumn conference seems quite clear: Schools is a clear

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What motions should we table to autumn conference?

Crossposted from the Social Liberal Forum social network. The deadline for autumn conference motions is looming (30 June to be precise), so we don’t have much time.  But what should the Social Liberal Forum be championing to get onto the

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Hughes, Bruce and Oakeshott express concerns over Capital Gains Tax plans

Following on from the Social Liberal Forum’s open letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander about the emergency budget, three prominent Liberal Democrat parliamentarians have echoed our concern on Capital Gains Tax. The FT reports that Lord Oakeshott, Malcolm Bruce

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Open Letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander

Following our mini-consultation a few days ago, we have written the following letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander outlining our concerns about the upcoming Emergency Budget. Thanks to everyone who submitted their ideas, both on our website and privately

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Nominations open for Social Liberal Forum Council Elections

Nominations are now open for the Social Liberal Forum Council Elections, which will be held over the next couple of months. Full details can be found on the elections page of this website. Anyone who is a member of the

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Will we get fairer taxes under the coalition?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the regressive alliance seeking to undermine the new coalition government at every turn.  If that seemed vague and abstract then, it certainly doesn’t any more. We should at least respect the Daily

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Profit motivation versus purpose motivation

An interesting short film from the RSA about what really drives people and motivates them to do good jobs.  It turns out that what motivates us is less the prospect of profit and more chance to make a difference.  That

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