Paddy Ashdown hits out at BBC and NHS in comments over trust in politics

Paddy Ashdown hits out at BBC and NHS in comments over trust in politics Former Liberal Democrat leader decries loss of faith in the towering institutions that Britain could once turn to.
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Politics live: readers’ edition – Thursday 30 May

Share breaking news, leave links to interesting articles online and chat about the week’s events in our open threadWant to chat to Andrew Sparrow and meet the politics live community? Come along to our informal top contributors meetup on the evening of Tuesday 4 June at Kings Place. Email james.walsh@guardian.co.uk for an inviteI’m not writing […]
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Letters: Democratic solutions to re-engage voters with politics

Perhaps there is another reason for the failure of the main political parties to capture the popular imagination, as witnessed by a depressing low voter turnout at elections (Comment, 28 May). Could it not be that our over-centralised political parties have lost the means to engage with the electorate? In the 90s it became the […]
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Politics live: readers’ edition – Monday 27 May

Share breaking news, leave links to interesting articles online and chat about the week’s events in our open threadWant to chat to Andrew Sparrow and meet the politics live community? Come along to our informal top contributors meetup on the evening of Tuesday 4 June at Kings Place. Email james.walsh@guardian.co.uk for an inviteI’m not writing […]
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Heckled but happy: the graceful star of gay marriage debate

Margot James endured a rough time as fellow MPs rebelled in parliament last week. But she bears no grudgesIf a career in diplomacy had attracted Margot James, it would no doubt have been a successful one. A gay member of parliament, she had to sit for two days amid the heckling and caterwauling of the […]
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Should Chris Huhne be able to resume his life in politics?

Chris Huhne, former Liberal Democrat MP and minister, has been released from prison. Should he be allowed to start again where he left off?Sir Edward Garnier QC, Conservative MP for Harborough and solicitor general 2010-12In Chris Huhne’s case, his career in the House of Commons is finished. That is not to say that his ability […]
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