The Social Liberal Forum had another successful conference, with two fringe meetings that were standing room only. This was perhaps not surprising for our joint fringe with the One Society campaign
on equality, but our evening session was an ostensibly much drier affair, to adopt a constitution so that the SLF can become a membership organisation. It was surprising - and very encouraging - that so many people turned up to give us such a flying start.
Not having decent internet access over the weekend at Lib Dem conference, I've been itching to get my paws on the latest Left Foot Forward report
on the Lib Dem proposal to raise the income tax threshold to £10,000. "Think Again, Nick!" (pdf
) purports to show that, far from being the most redistributive policy on
Jointly published by Soundings, Social Liberal Forum and Compass, After the Crash is a call to arms for a coalition of ideas and action on the centre left, working together to find common ground for change. It was jointly edited by Richard S. Grayson and Jonathan Rutherford
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
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
I 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.
We 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
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
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