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Liberalism and the European Union

By Alex Chatham
June 2nd, 2015 at 2:30 pm | 2 Comments | Posted in EU

The European Union is not a very liberal organisation. It is constantly on the look out for ways to interfere with how people live their lives and how businesses run their affairs. Membership does commit members to the rule of law and a single market.

If if the EU isn’t the organisation liberals want, would it be best to leave?

Out of the EU, Britain may find itself even less liberal than it currently is as it throws up a protectionist blanket to protect British jobs. The country could find itself adhering to directives it disapproves of just to access trade with Europe. And it would have give up the opportunity to  push the EU in a more liberal direction.

There are no easy answers to these issues. What they do is force liberals to think hard about what their political philosophy is all about.


RIP Charles Kennedy 1959 – 2015

By Sara Scarlett
June 2nd, 2015 at 9:23 am | 1 Comment | Posted in Liberal Democrats

Absolutely shocking news this morning. Charles Kennedy was taken far too young. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. My heart especially goes out to his young son.

Charles Kennedy was the Leader who spearheaded the LibDems’ opposition to the Iraq War. One of the main reasons I joined the LibDems in the first place was because of this principled stance and on this issue, Charles Kennedy’s instincts were proven absolutely correct.

Rest in peace.

Conservative Government: liberal scorecard

By Alex Chatham
June 1st, 2015 at 2:30 pm | Comments Off on Conservative Government: liberal scorecard | Posted in Conservatives

From time to time, it is worth judging the Governemnt on a liberal scorecard. So, how are they doing so far?

They score well on their commitment to significantly reduce red tape but poorly on their plans to monitor the public as part of the campaign on terrorism.

Here re are some suggestions on how they might up their liberal score:

  • Abolish some Government departments. Vince Cable wanted to abolish BIS before he got to run it, so that would be a good start. Other departments suitable for  the chop are Sport, Media and Culture, DECC and if you wanted to be very radical Education. After all John Stuart Mill argued that Government should fund education but not provide it.
  • Reform the Licence fee. Why are we paying a poll tax to consume entertainment?
  • Draw up a constitutional settlement that allows people to run their own affairs.
  • Stop telling people how to live their lives.