November, 2010

A new generation for Scotland

Danny Phillips  |  30 November 2010

Today is the St Andrew's Day before the 2011 Scottish parliament elections. It is an apt moment to reflect on the future for Scotland and ask not: why do Scots want independence, but why don't they?

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Combating AIDS in Africa

David Cairns MP  |  30 November 2010

She is almost seventy, wiry and bird-like, yet stately in her yellow and green traditional African robe and head-dress. She is an elder in her church, and like most of her peers she is a mother and grandmother; unlike most of them, she is HIV positive.

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Defending LGBT rights in Africa

Michael Cashman MEP  |  30 November 2010

Ahead of World AIDS day tomorrow, Michael Cashman writes... as the US evangelical right takes its anti-gay battles to Africa, the need is urgent to uphold human rights there, on the ground and at the UN and, not to fear the 'sovereignty' argument - the same as was used about apartheid.

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Battling it out in the Lords

Glenys Thornton  |  30 November 2010

Labour and the crossbenchers managed to score a win against the government last week on its 'bonfire of the quangos' bill, despite the many new peers awarded to itself. But designating the health in pregnancy bill as a money bill is cutting the Lords' power of scrutiny even more...

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A stronger party needs a stronger NPF

James Valentine  |  29 November 2010

Ed Miliband's speech on Saturday signalled a change in attitude towards the National Policy Forum by the Labour leadership and bodes well for the future, says James Valentine.

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Michael Gove’s damaging plan for school reform

Kate Green MP  |  29 November 2010

Michael Gove's ideas about schools belong somewhere in the middle of the last century. His disdain for all but the old-fashioned academic subjects is ever plainer, most recently exemplified by his cutting of funding for schools sports colleges.

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A bleak year for climate change – lessons for Cancun

Andrew Pakes  |  29 November 2010

With national delegations and campaigners starting talks in Cancun this week on future obligations on climate change, it is not hard to avoid the conclusion that environmental issues have faced a series of set-backs over the last 12 months.

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A bleak year for climate change – lessons for Cancun

Andrew Pakes  |  29 November 2010

With national delegations and campaigners starting talks in Cancun this week on future obligations on climate change, it is not hard to avoid the conclusion that environmental issues have faced a series of set-backs over the last 12 months.

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Employment, stress, happiness

Alison McGovern MP  |  29 November 2010

David Cameron, in an attempt to distract the public from his demolition of the public sector, has announced his intention to track our wellbeing. Our collective happiness will measured using a set of indicators - a matrix of proxies for the general wellbeing of the nation. Well done the great British Utilitarians Jeremy Bentham and JS Mill: your day has finally come.

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Miliband should lead on AV

Paul Richards  |  26 November 2010

One of the great curiosities about the negotiations to create the coalition government is the alacrity with which the Liberal Democrats sold out their belief in proportional representation. If they believed in anything, PR was supposed to be it. Two new books, Five Days to Power by Rob Wilson, and 22 Days in May by David Laws, provide some illumination about the secret trysts and hardball negotiations. Two things emerge...

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