• Stop wasting money Mr Gove

    June 15, 2010 4:22 PM

    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 so, Mr Gove has rushed out his Academies Bill, or Grant Maintained Schools (Academies) Bill as it ought really to be known. For the Tory academies are really o

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

    June 14, 2010 11:05 AM

    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 and new Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes also advisin

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  • Open Letter to Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander

    June 14, 2010 12:01 AM

    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 by email.
    To: Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander cc. Simon Hughes Dear Nick and Danny, Next week, the coalition government is to produce its emergen

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  • Nominations open for Social Liberal Forum Council Elections

    June 13, 2010 2:05 PM

    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 Social Liberal Forum is eligible to stand and membership of the SLF is free to all members of the Liberal Democrats. Register as a member on our

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  • Will we get fairer taxes under the coalition?

    June 10, 2010 4:11 AM

    [caption id="attachment_427" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Liberal Democrat's campaigned explicitly against a VAT increase in the 2010 General Election."]LibDem_Tory_Bombshell[/caption] A couple

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  • Profit motivation versus purpose motivation

    June 04, 2010 2:07 PM

    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 finding challenges a lot of the preconceptions of both capitalists and socialists, although it has to be said that for menial tasks it turns out there is a profit motive.  So, we should be giving factory workers financial incentives (and should be taxing demerit goods) but shouldn

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  • The coalition of ideas is needed more than ever

    May 22, 2010 10:31 PM

    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 on this, but I had no trouble signing up to it.  In particular, I was keen on how we defined this so-called coalition:
    Progressives in all these parties ar

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  • Speech to Special Conference debate

    May 22, 2010 7:57 PM

    On Friday 7 May, without pausing for sleep, the Social Liberal Forum started lobbying for a Progressive Alliance - or, failing that, for a Grand Alliance of all parties. It was soon clear that that was what the vast majority of Liberal Democrat members and supporters would have liked. And what the majority of Lib Dem MPs would have preferred. So, naturally, many of us were disconcerted and disappointed by the outcome. How could we end up sleeping with the enemy? Should we blame Nick Clegg

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  • Speech to Liberal Democrat conference on inequality

    May 16, 2010 6:36 PM

    James Graham moved Amendment 3 at the Liberal Democrat Special Conference which reads:
    Insert after line 23: "Conference calls for Liberal Democrats to work constructively in government to ensure that the the net income and wealth inequality gap is reduced significantly over the course of this parliament."
    Conference, There is no question at all that Nick Clegg and his negotiating team wrung a string of key concessions out of the Conservatives in this agreeme

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