• Social Liberal Forum Newsletter

    November 10, 2009 5:10 AM

    Sorry we've been quiet for the last few weeks - for reasons that will become apparent below.  We had a tremendously successful conference season and would like to welcome everyone who signed up to this newsletter at one or other of our fringe meetings. CONTINUITY AND CHANGE The Social Liberal Forum executive has undergone some significant changes over the past couple of months.  Sadly, Richard Grayson and Alison Goldsworthy have resigned from the executive.  Alison has had to

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  • Manifesto Priorities - A Statement from the Social Liberal Forum Executive

    November 10, 2009 4:28 AM

    As the Liberal Democrats move towards finalizing the party’s manifesto, The Social Liberal Forum sets out the key principles that we believe should be the basis for formulating tax policy and spending commitments:
    • The party should commit itself to the goal of reducing income inequality over the next parliament. Proposals to reduce public spending should be assessed in terms of whether they further that objective.
    • Tax increases for the richest members

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  • Congratulations to Centre Forum

    October 22, 2009 2:52 AM

    Belated congratulations to Centre Forum, and in particular Giles Wilkes, for winning Prospect Magazines' Think Tank Publication of the Year Award for A Balancing Act: Fair Solutions to the Modern Debt Crisis. One of the many things I meant to do this summer was to

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  • Events in October as if people mattered

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM

    Guest article by Geoffrey G J Payne Soon after I joined the Liberal party in 1983 I discovered something that surprised me. Many of the best Liberals were not members of the party, and some were even members of other parties. This presented both a challenge and an opportunity. It was frustrating that these people were not in the party helping develop it's political position. Yet clearly the potential was there; a Liberal party that could reach out to people beyond it's current core sup

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  • Social Liberal Forum and Compass announce "coalition of progressive ideas"

    September 21, 2009 10:18 PM

    Social Liberal Forum Secretary James Graham and Chair of Compass Neal Lawson have an article in Tuesday's Guardian calling for a "coalition of progressive ideas" between social liberals and liberal socialists within the Liberal Democrats, Labour and more widely.
    Progressives in all these parties are committed to greater equality and dealing with the challenge of climate change, but the binding value is pluralism. We recognise the value o

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  • Social Liberal Forum Newsletter

    September 14, 2009 11:13 AM

    Hope you had a good summer.  With the conference season now in full sway, we just wanted to let you know about the Social Liberal Forum's own plans next week.  Please do come to our fringe meeting next Monday.


    The Social Liberal Forum will be holding a joint fringe meeting with Compass on Monday 21 September at 20:15-21:15 in Connaught 1, the Connaught Hotel.  "Overcoming political barriers to equality" will fea

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  • Review: The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

    August 31, 2009 1:16 AM

    I read The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better whilst watching the last two seasons of The Wire and so Chris Grayling's claims last week that parts of the UK were beginning to resemble the Baltimore portrayed in that TV series did cause me to smile wryly. Grayling's

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  • Equality Matters

    August 21, 2009 2:31 PM

    By Duncan Brack reinventingthestatecover100This article was originally published in Reinventing the State: Social Liberalism for the 21st Century

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  • Better a localist NHS than a nationalist one

    August 18, 2009 11:38 PM

    Yesterday, Health Secretary Andy Burnham wrote an article for the Guardian aiming to set out the clear blue water between Labour and the Conservatives on the National Health Service. In doing so, he inadvertantly demonstrated quite how vapid Labour's vision for the NHS really is. It was summed up in one sentence:
    For Labour, it all comes down to defending the N in NHS.

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