• Message to Nick Clegg: spread the pain, don't just cut services

    March 12, 2010 3:08 AM

    The Social Liberal Forum believes Nick Clegg’s newly promulgated policy to rely on spending cuts raises serious questions. We believe that this policy has to take into account the following issues:
    • It could require even deeper cuts in areas like affordable housing, schools and universities that are central for either the growth potential of our economy or to social harmony.
    • Tax increases help the stronger in ou

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  • Spring Conference News

    March 01, 2010 6:21 AM

    Inaugural General Meeting Saturday 13th Early Evening 18.15 - 19.30 The ICC, Hall 6b The Social Liberal Forum has been up and running for just over a year now.  We always intended to make it a membership-based organisation and that time has come! At this year's Lib Dem Spring Conference in Birmingham, we will be holding our first general meeting to agree the organisation's constitution.  Anyone who is a member of the Liberal Democrats and agrees with our aims and obje

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  • Robin Hood Tax? Beware the men in tights

    February 11, 2010 6:46 PM

    Robin Hood Tax logoI want to support the new campaign for a "Robin Hood Tax" - really I do. I understand the logic behind the Tobin Tax and have a lot of sympathy for the idea.

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  • The Tories' boneheaded priorities

    February 11, 2010 2:01 PM

    spoof Tory posterWe can only speculate what the Tory campaigns department were thinkin when they launched the now much-spoofed "R.I.P. OFF" poster. In a nutshell it demonstrates all that is wrong with David Cameron's Conservatives: naive and focused on the wrong priorities

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  • New Demos pamphlet makes the Lib Dem case for equality

    February 09, 2010 1:24 AM

    In association with The Equality Trust, Demos have today published three pamphlets focusing on equality from the perspective of each of the main political parties. The Liberal Democrat one, A Wealth of Opportunity, is written by Julia Margo and William Bradley and has a foreword by David Laws MP.
    A concern with inequality lies deep in liberal

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  • News Roundup

    February 03, 2010 4:15 PM

    The Guardian continues its coverage of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes ongoing woes. It also carries an interview with Conservative leader of Barnet Council Mike Freer and his "easyCouncil" model (as a Barnet resident, I was interested to see that my council tax was spent on clearing up all

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  • The Spirit Level in 3 minutes

    February 03, 2010 3:20 PM

    A short film to promote The Spirit Level, the paperback edition of which came out this week:

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  • News Roundup

    February 02, 2010 11:12 AM

    Climate change science has been dealt another blow by the revelation that University of East Anglia professor Phil Jones knowingly used flawed evidence in one of his studies.  How many more revelations like this will we have before the scientific community learn the lesson that transparency is the only way to ensure public trust? Meanwhile, a man not especially reknowned for his valuing of scienc

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  • News roundup

    February 01, 2010 12:09 PM

    Labour is reported to be putting cooperative principles at the heart of its 2010 manifesto.  Anyone remember the third way? Nick Clegg is spelling out today how the Liberal Democrats propose to pay for its flagship 'pupil premium' policy for education. David Cam

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