• 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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  • Statement on the Liberal Democrat-Conservative agreement

    May 15, 2010 9:49 PM

    The Social Liberal Forum made clear earlier this week that we favoured a progressive alliance between the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties as the basis for a government. We very much regret that due to the intransigence of some individuals within the Labour Party that opportunity was not taken. The alternative deal that our MPs had placed in front of them contained a series of important progressive policy commitments secured in the negotiations with the Tories. It was a hard-won deal for t

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  • SLF statement on the opening of formal talks with Labour

    May 10, 2010 10:01 PM

    Events are moving quickly. Gordon Brown's resignation and the opening of formal talks with the Labour Party have reignited the possibility of a progressive alliance. The fact that talks with the Conservatives have failed to come up with agreement at this stage suggests that this possibility has run its course. The Social Liberal Forum Executive respect Nick Clegg's commitment to talk to the party with the greatest mandate first and have suspended our judgement on what such negotiations might re

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  • Social Liberal Forum calls for a Government of National Unity

    May 08, 2010 7:09 PM

    Statement from the Social Liberal Forum Executive: These are exceptional times. The nation faces two great crises: a financial crisis and a political crisis. The next government needs to be strong enough and honest enough to deal with the economic mess and our discredited democratic system. The most credible way to tackle this would be the formation of a Government of National Unity. The cornerstones of such a Government must be as follows
    • First, we

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

    March 15, 2010 10:43 AM

    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 to cut the deficit and put the public finances back in order without damaging vital public services.” I couldn’t agree more. This is at the heart of how will distinguish ourselves from Labour and the Cons

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