Archive for david laws
This week has demonstrated both a good and bad example of communication (or not) with party members and helpers, courtesy of Tom Brake and David Laws. Tom’s got the communication better even though the substance he’s working with is less promising. David’s had the better case – but the he and the party haven’t been […]
Tim Farron: "And it's great to see secret courts being sorted. It was a good 'rebellion'..."
The Lib Dem conference in Glasgow will include a debate on the party’s manifesto themes document. It contains some very interesting details on civil liberties, which should be read in the context not only of this being the manifesto prequel but also being a document with a foreword by Nick Clegg and being moved at […]
It’s a fun barb to throw at the Liberal Democrats: the party’s policy making process is so eccentric that it once decided to ban goldfish. The barb comes in various forms and not just from outside the party. Some members too also use it argue that the party’s policy making process and/or party conference is […]
The Guardian reports: A proposal to require schools to check on the immigration status of their pupils has been shelved after the Liberal Democrat schools minister David Laws decided the idea would be bureaucratic and difficult to implement. In a sign of the Lib Dems’ determination to assert themselves in the coalition, Laws told the […]
In January the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee (FPC) appointed a manifesto drafting group to start work on the party's 2015 general election manifesto.
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 [...]
Tax, tax and a bit more about tax: that’s been the main theme of the Liberal Democrat conference, from the slogan on badges and the banner outside the building through to the content of speeches and the main policy focus of the media coverage. When it comes to new policy announcements, however, it is education [...]
It would appear I have been slipping in the book plugging department: Apparently @markpack has recently written a book. He never mentions it. He needs to learn to push himself forward. #LDconf — Ben Mathis (@binny_uk) September 24, 2012 @paddyashdown shows @markpack is still an amateur on book promotion:-) #LDConf #libertyfringe — Caron Lindsay (@caronmlindsay) […]
2012 saw £50m spent on a new summer schools scheme to help the most disadvantaged children: Nearly 2,000 new summer schools will open their classroom doors … to help some of the most disadvantaged pupils in England in the step up from primary to secondary school. Around 65,000 children are expected to benefit. Following the […]