coalition government

There is always a temptation to declare things that you don’t like as doomed. Like the Liberal Democrat Party, which saw its slow and steady climb up the cursus honorum of our political system smashed last general election even as they formed a Coalition government with the Tories. Among the Lib Dems who are left, I constantly hear a refrain that the Lib Dems are being punished at every level for the actions on their national leaders, but ultimately as the electoral cycle wears on, voters will forgive them to taking a difficult decision in difficult times and realise that the Liberal Democrats are good, hard-working people who offer something from the status quo. The current poor polling is just an inevitable consequence of being a third party with little media coverage between elections. They’ll come back.

I always go for data over bluster, so lets look at all the election results the Liberal Democrats have fought since May 2010, and lets calculate what percentage of that vote changed compared to their percentage of the vote at the last election held in that area. That makes the significant drop in turnout between general and by-elections irrelevant, and judges the Lib Dems purely by the success of their campaign efforts rather than what the media was saying about them on the day a pollster called. [click to continue…]

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Please see below for a shout-out for witnesses by two of my friends who got beaten up and nicked by the police on the 9th December at the student protests. They need help, so please spread widely!

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Help Wanted With Our Defence

Were You at the 9th of December Student Fees Protest?

Did You see:

A police officer fall off his white/grey horse in Broad Sanctuary at around 3:30pm and the events leading up to it? (around the time of the first police horse charge into the students)

These two students interacting with a German male protester in Parliament Square earlier in the afternoon?

Student A Student B
6’1″ Tall with shoulder length black/purple hair wearing a black jacket, black trousers, V for Vendetta mask, Russian style hat and carrying a black and white rucksack. 6’3″ Tall with waist length brown hair, wearing a green fleece jacket, black/dark blue jogging bottoms, V for Vendetta mask and carrying a black rucksack.

If you have any information please contact
JenniferHilliard@hotmail.com – TEL 0774 60 60 551

Basically, did you see this happen?

If so, please get in contact. My friends are in a lot of trouble because of police lies. We need the truth to get out.

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A New Phase for the Student Movement is Starting

March 14, 2011

Newly published from myself on Manchester Mule: The student movement against fees and cuts has been a pretty big fail by our stated goals so far. Tuition fees have tripled, our teaching budgets are still being cut by 80 percent, and I don’t think anyone outside the student bubble even noticed the day the Commons […]

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No Confidencing Aaron Porter

December 14, 2010

Following the fun and games of the vote in the House of Commons on the proposed tripling of tuition fees on the 9th December, 2010, Sean Rillo Raczka has very kindly written a model motion to put through your union general meeting/council/executive to bring about a motion of no confidence in Aaron Porter, NUS President. […]

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In defence of Johann Hari: A Response to a Conservative

December 7, 2010

Last week, I posted the video above to my Facebook, and in response had a lovely chap I can always rely on to disagree about everything denounce Johann Hari as a liar. A liar? Interesting. I asked for more. I got four articles in response (well, five, but the fifth was about an article Hari […]

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We marched on Wednesday, we strike on Tuesday!

November 29, 2010

Last Wednesday 100,000 students marched in protest all over the country with absolutely no encouragement from the NUS or any of the usual “student leaders”. That’s AMAZING. I helped to organise the Manchester demo, and we printed out leaflets for 800 – 5000 people turned up to march from every university and college in Manchester […]

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Violence at the NUS/UCU National Demonstration

November 11, 2010

I am writing this after 20 hours of travel and protest but I wanted to get out some quick thoughts on the issue of violence at the demonstration yesterday. But take a look at the video above and tell me: does this look like a “tiny despicable minority ruining it for the others” to you? […]

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Why the Coalition is Going to Kill People Part 4: Other Parties Helped Them!

October 28, 2010

This blogpost is the last part of a four part series. I have now devoted some 4000 words to why I have left the Liberal Democrats and how the coalition government is literally a matter of life and death for some people. The response I have had from my decision has been massive, but a […]

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Who’s Affected by the Cuts?: Why the Coalition is Going to Kill People Part 3

October 25, 2010

This blogpost is the third of a four part series, and the fourth part will be published tomorrow. So, my friends, we established yesterday that the systems are going to be taking something of a hit as a result of coalition government. What about the people who depend on the state? What has the coalition […]

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What’s Affected by the Cuts?: Why the Coalition is Going to Kill People Part 2

October 25, 2010

This blogpost is the second of a four part series, and the third part will be published tomorrow. Many Liberal Democrats drunken on power seem to be getting all misty-eyed over an AV referendum and the pupil premium and entirely forgetting about things like, say, the cutting of social care for the elderly by 30%. […]

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