Daily Archives: May 20, 2010


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According to the Independent’s leading article: In politics, context is all important. At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton in 2006 Nick Clegg, then the party’s home affairs spokesman, made a speech in which he promised a “great repeal act” to sweep away all of Labour’s illiberal legislation. Though the address went down well in the conference hall, it made little wider impact. Yesterday, Mr Clegg made a remarkably similar speech to an audience in London and successfully grabbed the national spotlight. The difference, of course, is that this time Mr Clegg is in a position to deliver on his promises. There is much to cheer liberal hearts in the Deputy Prime Minister’s programme. He sounded the death knell for ID cards, the national identity register, biometric passports and the database of 11 million children. None of these will be missed. The pledges to review the libel laws and defend […]

Some long-awaited cheer for liberal hearts