Words cannot express

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2007

It’s Friday night, which means it’s time for a YouTube clip. Everyone has, I’m sure, by now seen the excruciating clip of Karl Rove rapping at the annual White House correspondents’ dinner. Please look away now if easily distressed by (…)

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Top Lib Dem media-tarts

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2007

Which Lib Dem MPs receive the most media mentions? If you’ve ever wondered (or even if you haven’t ‘til now) then this is the list for you. The methodology is simple. I’ve trawled Lexis-Nexis’s online database of all UK national (…)

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Budget, fudget

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2007

After Gordon Brown’s botched budget last week, many Labour MPs and activists were mustard-keen to point out that poorer people – those earning less than £18.5k – would be better off in the round, once tax credits were taken into (…)

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Compare and contrast

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2007

The Electoral Commission on the Lib Dems and that £2.4m donation from Michael Brown: “The Electoral Commission has previously made clear its view that it was reasonable for the Liberal Democrats – based on the information available to them at (…)

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Not voting for Christmas to come early

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2007

Yesterday, the House of Commons debated the ‘Communications Allowance’, a £10,000 a year public subsidy to be given to MPs to help them hold on to their seats improve their dialogue with their constituents. Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson summed (…)

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I’ve had better offers

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2007

Amazon.co.uk keep offering me an intriguing product promotion: “Save £0.02 when you spend £100,000.00 or more on Qualifying Items offered by Amazon.co.uk.” It hasn’t tempted me… yet.

You pays your money, you takes your choice

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2007

Two headlines from today’s papers: The Times: ‘Budget failed to sway voters, Times poll shows’ The Independent: ‘Tory lead slips as voters welcome Budget’ Of course opinion polls matter. But let’s recognize there’s as much art as science involved.

Detritus: 18 Doughty Street, liberal blogging and David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2007

Let’s get the plugs out of the way straight off – if you want to watch last night’s Blogger TV on 18 Doughty Street, in which I appeared alongside fellow Lib Dem blogger Andy Mayer, click here. To my left, (…)

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Oxford city’s unitary bid fails

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2007

Bad news here in Oxford, following the Government’s announcement today that the City Council has failed in its bid for unitary status, which would have seen it become responsible for all local government services. Sixteen local authorities have been successful (…)

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Be careful what you wish for

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2007

The best reality show on telly, The Apprentice, returns tonight on prime-time BBC1. The winner of the top slot can look forward to working alongside Siralan Sugar for one year for a not-to-be-sniffed-at retainer of £100k. But, if the trend (…)

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