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How should Simon Hughes amend the budget?

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes has announced an intention to amend the budget to promote fairness. He told the Guardian today that: When it comes to the Budget next week, we will vote for the budget. But

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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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Gove a ‘romantic idealist’?

Plans for so-called ‘free schools’ announced by the Secretary of State recognise the need to improve the education for all pupils; harnessing the enthusiasm of new groups offers the chance to widen community involvement in education. But, like a 1960s

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Stop wasting money Mr Gove

Sign the petition. Ideology rather than efficiency seems to be the Watchword in Sanctuary Buildings, the home of Mr Gove’s Department for Schools. Not content with wasting money on changing the name of his department, the only minister to do

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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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The coalition of ideas is needed more than ever

Back in September I co-authored an article in the Guardian with Neal Lawson, Chair of Compass, about the need for a “coalition of progressive ideas” between Liberal Democat and Labour members.  In truth, Neal did most of the heavy lifting

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No tax rises ever? Say it ain’t so, Nick!

David Hall-Matthews’ speech on Motion “Growth that lasts: A fair, green and sustainable economy.” Conference, I am speaking in favour of lines 22-23: “a fair and sustainable economy means delivering growth that lasts, through… honesty about the tough choices needed

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