What do the Tories have against widows?

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2007

Desperately trying to pull rabbits out of hats ahead of their party conference, David Cameron has proudly trumpeted Tory plans to give tax breaks to married couple families. But it’s not just those irresponsible couples who ‘live in sin’ and (…)

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Gordon’s snap poll could cause postal vote chaos

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2007

That’s the warning from John Turner, chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, as reported in today’s Scotsman: Turner said: “If there is an autumn election there will be a significant number of administrative problems. I’m fearful of the (…)

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Opinion: Will the Gordon backlash start here?

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2007

It’s certainly looking like the cautiously prudent ex-Chancellor is about to prove what a reckless gambler he is now he’s made it to the top, and become Prime Minister. The momentum behind an early general election appears to be unstoppable. (…)

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Trouble brewing for Tories?

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2007

Sky News’s Jon Craig is trumpeting the news that Buckinghamshire Tory MP, John Bercow, will not be attending his party’s conference in Blackpool next week. For some time now, he’s been billed as the Tory most likely to cross the (…)

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It's Boris!

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2007

Yes, ‘the blondest suicide note in history’ has romped home to victory in the Tories’ London mayoral primary. The results were: Boris Johnson: 15,661 votes Victoria Borwick: 1,869 Andrew Boff: 1,674 Warwick Lightfoot: 609 The vote was open to all (…)

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A rogue poll, or are we kidding ourselves?

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2007

There’s no point obsessing about every poll, but… having reported last week’s ICM survey for The Guardian showing the Lib Dems with a 20% share of the vote, balance compels me to mention tonight’s Channel 4 YouGov poll showing the (…)

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Warning: this post contains traces of Iain Dale

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2007

In all my excitement yesterday at the posting on Iain Dale’s Diary of Iain Dale’s Guide to Blogging 2007: Top 100 Liberal Democrat Blogs – an article trailing the publication this week of Iain Dale’s Guide To Political Blogging In (…)

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Tories suspend Andrew Pelling MP

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2007

The Tory MP for Croydon Central, Andrew Pelling, who is also a member of the Greater London Assembly, has been suspended from the Tory party, following his arrest last week on suspicion of assaulting his wife. This is the Tory (…)

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Iain’s little list

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2007

Iain Dale has now published the official list of the top 100 Lib Dem blogs, and I’m runner-up – and I can think of few bloggers against whom I’m more happy to run up than Jonathan Calder’s Liberal England. He (…)

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Vince hits out at Gordon’s ‘Big Tentism’

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2007

Lib Dem deputy leader Vince Cable has delivered a typically withering-yet-courteous assessment of Gordon Brown’s determination to assemble a ‘government of all the talents’. Speaking at a Fabian Society fringe meeting at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth, he’s quoted (…)

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