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Conservative Election Manifesto and Freedom of Speech

The party election manifestos are filled with large, often eye catching promises. Often these are costly; such as the ongoing question whether the Conservative party can afford £8billion for the NHS. But sometimes they are lest costly in terms of money but more so in other ways.

“Debate me! Let the people decide.”

   “David Cameron refused to come and debate tonight, but I’ve got a message for him. David if you think this election is about leadership then debate me one on one, I believe my ideas, my vision for the country is better for the working families of Britain, if you disagree then prove it. Debate me!

The UK Leaders TV Debate

We ended up with only one town hall style meeting and question session with TV inquisitor Jeremy Paxman for the two main party leaders and one much expanded debate with seven party leaders rather than a head to head debate between the those who may be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom come 8th May. That debate took place on Thursday evening.

IDEA UK takes part in DCLG focus group

(photo by Faiths Forum London https://twitter.com/londonfaiths - Lord Ahmad on the far right, me just about poking into the photo on the far left)

Will there be a ‘Brexit’?

While all eyes in the UK are focused on the General Election in May it should not be forgotten that the result of the General Election could have a profound impact on Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

Greens and Nationalist parties to take part in revamped debates

The format for the proposed TV debates has been revised; instead of three debates of varying sizes, the biggest with four participants, there will now be one debate between the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband and the Prime Minister David Cameron and two with seven party leaders.

UK General Election TV debates; will they go ahead?

In the 2010 election the UK had TV debates for the first time. They roughly followed the model of the US Presidential debates with a moderator and the main candidates and each debate had a ‘theme’; domestic, international and economic affairs.

How can voter turnout in the UK be increased?

The UK is heading towards a General Election next May, and internationally speaking we have pretty low voter turnout for our general elections. In the last such election in 2010 voter turnout was 65.1%, and that was an increase compared to 2005 and 2001 where turnout was around 60%.

Is Britain heading towards being a police state?

For anyone from an authoritarian regime the idea that Britain might be heading towards being a police state might seem absurd, yet that is the suggestion of Sir Peter Fahy.

Is decentralisation the way forward for activism?

There were demonstrations in more than 400 cities as part of the Million Mask March. In London while much of the march was peaceful clashes with police near Buckingham Palace led to 15 demonstrators being arrested.

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