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Green Liberal Democrats

  • Document: Sep 15, 2017
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  • Tom Brake MP
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    AIR POLLUTION AND RED DIESEL
    Early day motion 295

    That this House notes the Government's plans to tackle Britain's air pollution crisis and improve air quality; further notes that reduced duty red diesel for certain uses costs HM Treasury £2.4 billion annually; believes that subsidising red diesel also inhibits the Government's plans to support the take-up of cleaner technologies and tackle air pollution effectively; notes that clean and affordable alternative fuels are available for some uses of red diesel, such as in transport refrigeration units; notes that if the UK's 84,000 transport refrigeration units became zero emission it would equate to taking 4 million Euro 6 diesel cars off the UK's roads; welcomes HM Treasury's red diesel consultation that was announced in the Spring Budget 2017 and closed in in June 2017; and calls on the Government to act and end red diesel subsidies for transport refrigeration units.

  • Paddy Ashdown
    Article: Sep 14, 2017
    By Paddy Ashdown in Liberal Democrat Voice

    So, here, as promised are four dangerous ideas for the future. Please be clear. I am not necessarily proposing these. Just asking why we are not even discussing them?

    Dangerous idea 1

    We are guiltily obsessed with student fees. The fact that we don't need to be, because the principle is right, does not make life easier (how I wish we had called them a Graduate tax!). But now with the student loan debt rising, do we not also have to consider how we get better value for what students pay? If we have a tertiary education system which cannot be paid for without loading more and more debt on our young, should we not be looking at the system, not just at how they pay? We persist in the medieval practice of taking students to medieval ivy covered buildings, to receive their education in the medieval manner from minds, too many of which, when it comes to delivering education, are stuck in the middle ages. Yet distance learning was pioneered in Britain at the Open University when communicating with your tutor meant stuffing your academic paper in an envelope, licking it, sticking a stamp on it and putting it in the local post-box. Today the whole planet is into distance learning. Many of our own Universities make tons of money providing distance learning degree courses to students all over the world. But none of them are in Britain! If we were to convert at least part of our tertiary education syllabus to distance learning we might reduce the cost of degrees without diminishing their quality, give students more flexibility, force lecturers into the modern age, widen access and create a superb platform for adult education all at the same time. Why, beloved Lib Dems, do we allow medieval vested interests to preserve our ivy covered tertiary education system exactly as it is, loading more and more debt on students and preventing us from doing what much of the rest of the world is doing already? Just asking.

  • Article: Sep 13, 2017
    By Nigel Orchard in GLD Challenge Magazine (Summer 2017)

    Gordon Brown's government announced the smart meter implementation program (SMIP) in 2006 - every home will have one by 2020, the biggest infrastructure change since natural gas in 1974. Eleven years later we have not seen much progress. True about 25% are installed, but these are only compatible with a single energy supplier. When you change, the meter becomes dumb and needs to be replaced. At £250 a pop, and 10% churn, that's a cost of £25 per household per annum, greater than the £18 savings from being "in control". Not very smart according to recent papers by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and several BBC broadcasts.

  • GISTEMP anomaly (GreenLibDems.org.uk)
    Article: Sep 13, 2017
    By Richard Joy in Challenge Magazine (Summerer 2017)

    Now, I don't want to launch into a political rant but it often appears that politicians are only concerned with winning the popular support of the electorate. They avoid confronting the difficult issues and students of BBC sitcoms know that the words most likely to strike fear into the heart of Jim Hacker MP, were: " … a very brave decision minister."

  • Document: Sep 13, 2017
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    Constitution Proposed Changes for September 2017 GLD AGM

  • Document: Sep 13, 2017
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  • Document: Sep 13, 2017
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    Agenda for September 2017 GLD AGM

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