• If you think Brexit is settled, think again

    February 10, 2021 11:00 AM

    Labour's former Leader in the European Parliament, Richard Corbett, makes a powerful case that the issue of Brexit is far from settled in British politics.

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  • How to do Patriotism for Liberals

    February 01, 2021 3:01 PM

    Stephen Richmond writes for the Social Liberal Forum about a liberal approach to patriotism.

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  • Brexit: Where Next for Northern Ireland?

    January 28, 2021 5:00 PM

    The Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party and MP for North Down, Stephen Farry, writes for the Social Liberal Forum on the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.

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  • Equality of What?

    January 26, 2021 10:00 AM

    Simon Banks argues that the Liberal Democrats need to focus more on equality, especially equality of outcome.

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  • A Citizens’ Convention is the way to renew UK democracy

    January 05, 2021 4:01 PM

    Graham Allen argues that the UK's democracy would benefit from adopting a deliberative democratic approach with the use of Citizens' Conventions.

    The article is introduced by SLF Council member, Jon Alexander.

     

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  • All Progressives Must Up The Digital Game

    December 09, 2020 1:22 PM

    Author: Amil Khan

     

    In the immediate aftermath of the 2019 General Election, Labour Together approached Valent to undertake a review of the Conservative Party’s digital strategy as part of their review of the Labour Party’s election strategy. What we found at the time looked interesting - there were clear signs that the Conservatives had seriously upped their game since 2017 - but the deadline was tight, and the information we could get hold of was limited. We knew at some point we would need to dig deeper.

     

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  • A Beveridge-2 Plan: required in 2021

    December 05, 2020 1:19 PM

    Author: Katharine Pindar

    Almost 80 years ago in November 1942, Sir William Beveridge, working for the coalition government during the Second World War, produced a report, Social Insurance and Allied Services. It promised, he said, “a comprehensive policy of social progress”, to restore the country when the war should end. He identified ‘five giants’ to be confronted on the road to reconstruction: Want, Disease, Squalor, Ignorance and Idleness. Being himself an expert in social insurance, he determined that all citizens should be assured of a sufficient income at all times, working or not, for a small weekly contribution. There would also be children’s allowances, and comprehensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, all to be paid for by the state.

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  • The Generous Society

    November 17, 2020 3:09 PM

    Author: Dr Julian Huppert

    Liberalism is a powerful political philosophy. Liberals have been responsible for transforming society in the UK and around the world. However, liberal governments are few and far between, and there is no one alive in the UK who remembers a Liberal Government.

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  • Why is redistribution different to government spending?

    November 14, 2020 2:19 PM

    Author: Stephen J Richmond

    We worry about government spending, is it money well spent? Is it hurting the economy? What we rarely do is take a step back and remind ourselves of the logic behind those questions. Why do we worry about government spending and how should Liberals think about it in a way that maximises human Liberty? We normally agree some government spending is good, how do we tell the difference between "good" and "bad" spending?

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