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ENGAGE - The Lib Dem Policy Network

ENGAGE aims to open up the policy process – by facilitating two-way exchanges between the wider membership and those involved in formal policy-making. We'd love to hear from you about how you'd like us to do this.

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* Briefings on key policy issues like Coalition Politics and the Banking System

* Lists of speakers willing to come and debate with you

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Discussion Forum

Lib Dems: The Way Forward 12 Replies

The way forward for the LibDems is to focus on the "middle ground" that most people identify with, by appealing to policies that are innately realistic, sensible, rational, and inclusive. The…Continue

Started by Lee Daniel Hughes. Last reply by I.D.Dolan-Betney Apr 4, 2013.

Planning for the Future 14 Replies

Where do we go from here as a party?, not on policy, but as an entity. In my view the current Lib Dem party as we know is toast, at the next General Election. The Old & Sad by-election hid the…Continue

Started by Glyn. Last reply by Philip Carr Jan 23, 2013.

Restoring confidence in Parliament 2 Replies

Why should MPs & Lords be held to different standards of conduct to the rest of us?One Laws for them..?- A standard contract of employment.- Expenses reimbursed via the system HMRC use for their…Continue

Started by Richard Tebboth. Last reply by Richard Tebboth May 17, 2011.

Liberalism: An Obituary? 19 Replies

The events of the past six months have been eventful, exciting and turbulent for LibDems. Right now, it is difficult to see where things for the party go from here. Let´s remind ourselves that back…Continue

Started by Lee Daniel Hughes. Last reply by Philip Carr Dec 8, 2010.

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Comment by Paul Catherall on August 18, 2012 at 23:31

the periphery of the Peaks national park is seeing 'for sale' signs spring up where I live, make no mistake, these ammendments are designed to ease the ability to build on our green spaces, such an irony for a conservative led government supposedly dedicted to preservation of traditional cultural and environmental heritage. Add these developments with the attempt to sell or lease national parks. Pretty grim stuff.

Comment by Elizabeth M R Grant on April 23, 2012 at 12:56

Green spaces are under threat and although the new less lengthy development arrangements are in hand I think some qualifications need to be sought. English Heritage has a grade system and something similar should be applied to green spaces for example  to significant areas of outstanding beauty/rare flora and fauna or to meadowlands in predominately urban areas. In other words hurdles should be jumpled before green spaces are swept away under concrete.  It would make brownfield sites more attractive to developers one hopes.


Comment by Paul Luton on March 4, 2012 at 21:47

The Student Tuition Fees fiasco was one which we got into ourselves. How on earth did we get trapped in the Tory Health Service "reform" that is certainly going to cost money we don't have and is opposed by the GPs who are supposed to be running it.

Comment by Dave Thawley on February 8, 2012 at 17:52
Comment by Lord of the dance on July 30, 2011 at 0:43
to pete paterson, Scotland is represented by numerous scottish M.P's in parliament and Europe as is Wales and N.Ireland.i have read that WISE can sustain itself when united than each division by itself can As for different cultures, we have intermingled and married/lived with for centuries,our combined cultural heritage such as anglo/celtic music/dance anglo/welsh anglo/irish anglo/scottish has been diminished,although the traditional scottish and irish and welsh dance/music has survived. I prefer  WISE to be refered to as the British isles because that is what we are. Pete Paterson has fallen into another foreign propaganda trap to create animosity amongst the people of the british isles. By the way has anyone else noticed the way  foreigners claim to have enhanced the British Isles,would they say jack the ripper led the way in cesarean operations in the late 1800's.!?
Comment by Pete Paterson on May 22, 2011 at 19:41

So long, farewell, etc.

Actually, I believe that the Lib. Dem. leadership did the right thing joining forces with the Conservative party to form a coalition. No betrayal involved at all.

However, I am also totally committed to the wish for a Scottish Parliament running Scotland ... completely, without any interference from London , and full Scottish independence.

Scotland is a separate country with a different culture, different goals and different values. In Europe, Scotland should hold its own seat at the European Parliament.

What would this do to the UK. Well, not much. There would still be the same queen. We would still, under her, have a united kingdom/queendom. Scotland would run Scotland, England would run England, Wales would run Wales and Northern Ireland would run Northern Ireland. The whole point of an apolitical monarch is that she does not get involved in politics. So, we would have a united kingdom, not a united politique.

I have supported the Liberal/Lib. Dem. party for about 50 years now. I think it may be time to say "goodbye".

My parting shot ... beware Cameron! The English bulldog is a very dangerous animal, with more sides than a polyhedron.


Comment by Paul Catherall on May 16, 2011 at 22:38

"SNP/Progressive Democratic" alliance


Time for LibDem politicians to create a new UK-wide political alliance with the SNP.

Comment by Lee Daniel Hughes on February 3, 2011 at 22:13
Labour were reckless to create an unsustainable boom. Now the Conservative-led government are recklessly creating unsustainable cuts.

What we need is realistic, sustainable growth matched with realistic, sustainable cuts in the public sector. This is what the LibDems should stand for. The Conservatives offer neither.
Comment by Lee Daniel Hughes on February 2, 2011 at 23:32


This explains what's wrong with the coalition's policy towards the public sector. Not even Thatcher was so ruthless as our current government is. And for less reason...

Comment by Lee Daniel Hughes on January 26, 2011 at 14:59
Our future anti-Conservative campaign slogan could be "Ruthless, Reckless, Clueless".
I think it might catch on...

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