Archive for David Howarth
There’s a very useful study out, commissioned by the Electoral Commission, looking at whether restructuring the laws governing elections, without making substantive changes to their content, could improve them. I’m regularly disappointed by the low value placed on simplicity by people who come up with rules that govern our lives, especially when it comes to […]
The contents pages of this book are highly revealing. A quick flick through the chapter titles shows that, as indeed the blurb on the back promises, this is a book about how green policies can foster economic growth: “The Green Book argues cogently that a low-carbon economy and environmental investments are the best way to […]
From the Liberal Democrat History Group’s spring conference meeting: Also on YouTube here.
Last year I published an infographic on what the Liberal Democrats are achieving in government, which proved a big hit. Now I’m publishing a companion piece to go with it, on what the Liberal Democrats believe and the roots of those beliefs. I’ve long felt there is a big gap in what is available on […]
Martin Tod recently drew my attention to a short publication from David Howarth published over the summer about levels of public spending: Spending and Growth – a response to David Laws. As the title suggests, it is primarily a response to someone else’s views on appropriate levels of public spending: Laws’ assertion that public spending [...]
Last week I wrote about the Public Bodies Bill and the power grab it makes to let the government change the law in future without proper Parliamentary control, similar though on a smaller scale to what Labour proposed previously with the so-called Abolition of Parliament Bill. David Howarth echoed these concerns at the weekend: The [...]
Back when Tony Blair was Prime Minister Labour tried to get through Parliament sweeping powers to change the law without requiring full Parliamentary scrutiny. Then Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth was one of those who led the charge against this, writing in The Times: The Government proposed an extraordinary Bill that will drastically reduce parliamentary [...]
Former Conservative MP Angela Browning, former Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, former SNP MP and MSP George Reid and ex-Labour HQ staffer Roy Kennedy have been appointed as Electoral Commissioners by Parliament.
If you go to Amazon searching for “Why vote Liberal Democrat?”, edited by Danny Alexander and just published by Biteback, you may be surprised to find yourself being presented instead with a book of the same title from 1997, written by William Wallace. The new book is misfiled by Amazon under the title “Why vote [...]