Posts Tagged ‘coalition’

On May 5th, alongside the local council elections taking place nationwide, there will be a referendum vote on the proposed change to an AV system to replace First Past The Post for general elections. But does anyone REALLY understand what the change entails?

The main argument for the change to AV is that it will allow for a fairer representation of MPs in parliament. Let’s examine what the change will do.

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First of all, Happy New Year to all my readers, hope you had a great time and best of luck for the year ahead.

January 1st 2011 saw the rise in fuel duty (unchanged by George Osborne in his emergency budget after the election). The 0.76p rise in fuel duty, combined with a VAT rise from 17.5% to 20% on the 4th January, will see motorists in England paying more than £6 per gallon, and some areas of Scotland will be facing £7 per gallon of fuel. There is a further increase in fuel duty of 1p due in April which will push prices even higher.

All political parties see the fuel duty income as a vital part of reducing the fiscal deficit, and prices will no doubt continue to rise with each successive budget. But is it really the best way forward?

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Okay, so by the narrowest of margins,the Coalition Government got its proposals through the House Of Commons. Lucky for Nick Clegg, who had a face like a wet kitten before the vote…

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Prime Minister’s Questions today was an interesting affair. It started out slowly with the usual procedural question and one regarding UAV defence plans, easily knocked off the bat by David Cameron. It was when Ed Miliband came to the despatch box that things began to get a little interesting.

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Today, The Guardian Newspaper revealed that before May’s General Election, the Liberal Democrats held secret meetings aimed at agreeing coalition terms in the likelihood of a hung parliament. During these meetings, the planned pledge on University tuition fees was discussed and it was acknowledged that the Lib Dem pledge to cut tuition fees would have to be scrapped. This article was leaked, marked confidential and dated 16th March. Despite this, Nick Clegg continued to campaign based on this pledge, as he knew it would gain the votes of many students, especially in his own constituency of Sheffield Hallam.

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On Wednesday 3rd November the Coalition’s plans for university tuition fees were announced. From 2012 universities will be forced to rely on fees for course funding as opposed to state support, with a two-tier cap system being brought in. The cap will be set at £6000, with a second cap of £9000 for those universities that can show that they are supporting the poorer students in gaining a place at their university.

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