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How will Ministers like Baroness Barran grasp Erasmus


The image on the left of the photo of Baroness Diana Barran came from facebook back 3 days ago on the 13th March and it provides a very clear comparison between the provision of Erasmus and the proposed provision of … Continue reading

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Is now the time for certain political parties to be radical?


The challenge if the Conservatives had not won the election would have been for parties such as SNP, Liberal Democrats, Green and Labour to work together to come up with an alternative way of leading the nation. It would have … Continue reading

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A great result from a radical democratic strategy


The approach that lies behind the blog I wrote yesterday explaining that I would have voted for Jane Dodds if I lived in the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency and that my view is that smaller political parties need to adopt … Continue reading

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Government should adopt the SNP FareShare policy


It is very exciting to read the speech from Aileen Campbell MP, SNP Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government that she made yesterday “In recognition that people have been badly hit by UK Government welfare cuts and in order … Continue reading

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How can we call for a different outcome?


The high profile leaders of the Cabinet based #ChuckChequers campaign spent last night eating pizza and coming up with a series of plans to ensure that we as are a nation are denied a soft Brexit. Meanwhile my MEP Nigel … Continue reading

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A small but important blip


The substantial growth in membership of the Labour Party and even more significant number of people who have signed up as associate members in the last few days is no renaissance as far as political parties are concerned. Labour have messed up on a … Continue reading

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Time to change?


Yesterday twitter erupted with criticism and compliments towards the SNP. My own views were largely on the complimentary side of the debate. Firstly we had the flexing of muscles over a vote that has yet to take place, the amendment to fox hunting … Continue reading

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The thin veneer of respect


Yesterday in Parliament, the new SNP MPs were taken to task for applauding the words of their own colleagues in the debate on the Queens speech. The Speaker, John Bercow waited until the third incidence of this affront to Parliamentary … Continue reading

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Equal votes for all


The news from Northern Ireland has impacted observers in a number of ways. However one of the lessons that could be drawn is that in Northern Ireland, the Political Parties are prepared to trust their constituents with contentious issues, or … Continue reading

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We need to refocus


The image of one of the UKs most popular statespeople shaking hands with David Cameron on the doorstep of her officical residence provides us with symbolism that could not be more significant. While Cameron was photographed in Scotland, a photo of … Continue reading

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