BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008

There’s no Lib Dem on tonight’s Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT), so former Tory chancellor Ken Clarke is as close as we’ll get to a liberal voice of sanity on the panel. He’ll be (…)

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Should the Lib Dems be supporting the ban on patio heaters?

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008

It’s a big day for patio heater manufacturers, as the European Parliament looks set to approve a Lib Dem-inspired measure which would see the faddish appliances phased out, along with electrical stand-by modes, and minimum standards set for energy efficiency (…)

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NEW POLL: who do you want to be the next President of the USA?

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008

And then there were four… As we approach Super Tuesday on 5th February, when over 20 states vote in their primaries, it’s clear there are two two-horse races for the Democrat and Republican presidential nominations. So when better than now (…)

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LDV readers vote for 14 days detention without charge

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008

For the last fortnight, we’ve had a poll running asking, “How many days should we permit detention without charge?” In total, 69% of you reckoned this should be 14 days or fewer, compared with Labour’s full-throated support for 42 days (…)

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PMQs: Nick tackles Gordon on armed forces’ living conditions

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2008

Another week, more focus by Nick Clegg on domestic bread ‘n’ butter issues during his exchange with the Prime Minister at the weekly PMQs: this time taking Gordon Brown to task for the poor conditions of the British armed forces’ (…)

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Liverpool Lib Dems hit back at ‘worst financially managed’ Council tag

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2008

The Guardian carries the fairly stark headline today, ‘Liverpool council bottom of league’, reporting the verdict of the Audit Commission that the unitary City Council is the worst financially managed local authority in England. Lib Dem Voice got in touch (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #49

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2008

Welcome to the 49th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (20th-26th January), together with a hand-picked quintet you might otherwise have missed. As next week (…)

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Thorpe's advice to Clegg: don’t go into coalition

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2008

There’s an in-depth interview former Liberal party leader Jeremy Thorpe in today’s Guardian – focusing not on his past, but on the party’s future. Here’s the skinny: On the Lib Dems helping form a coalition government: I’d prefer Clegg not (…)

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A look back at the polls: January

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2008

We tend not to be too poll-obsessed here at LDV – of course we look at them, as do all other politico-geeks, but viewed in isolation no one poll will tell you very much beyond what you want to read (…)

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BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on January 24, 2008

David Laws, Lib Dem shadow schools and families secretary, is one of the panellists on tonight’s Question Time (broadcast on BBC1 and online from 10.35 pm GMT). He’ll be alongside Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson, Chairman of the Conservative Policy Review (…)

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