Liberal Democrat five-step plan for the NHS and Social Care

It is not too late to change Britain's future. The Conservatives want absolute power, Labour are too weak to stand up to them, so we will. The Liberal Democrats will be the strong opposition Britain needs. The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS and social care. We are prepared to be honest with people and … Continue reading Liberal Democrat five-step plan for the NHS and Social Care

Equality Matters

A number of people have been asking about my views on inequality, so I thought I would share this post again, written after I took part in a debate at Fitzwilliam College about the extreme levels of inequality we're seeing in the UK. It was partly my frustration with rising inequality after the financial crash … Continue reading Equality Matters

Lib Dem Policies – Delivered

I thought I would share my personal list of policies that were included in our 2010 Manifesto and have been delivered by the Lib Dems in Government.It’s a wonderful list, including some of the most socially democratic policies this country has seen for a generation. Not bad for 57 MPs. Investing nearly £1 billion to crack down … Continue reading Lib Dem Policies – Delivered

Let me tell you a story … Tax Cut for 45,000 people in West Berks

Raising the amount we earn before we start paying any tax is a key Lib Dem policy. The changes we have made in government mean our kids now don't pay tax until they earn £10,000. After April this year, it will be £10,500. By the time the election hits, it will mean people hardest hit by austerity … Continue reading Let me tell you a story … Tax Cut for 45,000 people in West Berks

Tax Dodging – actions taken in government

I've had a lot of correspondence about Tax Dodging and thought it might be helpful to share my response more widely. Letter to constituents: The vast majority of people and businesses in the UK pay their taxes on time and in full, but there are always some who try to get away without paying their … Continue reading Tax Dodging – actions taken in government

Britain is a Better Place

 Sharing a drink with Albert Tillen, at The Red House in Newbury    This seems like the ideal time to share my favourite list - Liberal Democrat policies included in our 2010 Manifesto, which have been delivered by our team in Government. The list includes some of the most socially democratic policies this country has … Continue reading Britain is a Better Place

Taxation is payment for services rendered

The government's own estimate for the tax gap in 2012/13 was £34bn. At an est £21m per school, that could pay for 1,619 schools. In the past year or so, the government has cut the money allocated to each new school-build by 1/3 to £14m. There is not enough money to go round. Listening to the … Continue reading Taxation is payment for services rendered

It’s paying tax that is the moral duty

Today's build up to the Autumn statement reminded me of David Cameron saying earlier this year that “cutting taxes is a moral duty”. When I think about that my blood runs ever so slightly cold. How can this be right when every individual and business in the UK benefits from our state system? Should every individual and company not pay … Continue reading It’s paying tax that is the moral duty