Brand & Ross: there’s nothing more to see here, folks

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2008

For the second night running, BBC2 Newsnight’s lead item was the fall-out from Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross’s mis-firing jokes against Andrew Sachs. For the second morning running, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme’s lead item was the fall-out from Russell (…)

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BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2008

There’s no Lib Dem on tonight’s BBC1 Question Time (10.35 pm and online) – but on this occasion at least I think we can absolve the Beeb of any blame, as tonight is their US election special. The programme features (…)

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LDV readers give overwhelming yes to televised leaders’ debates

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, in the immediate afterglow of the three US presidential debates, Lib Dem Voice set up a poll asking: Is it now time for the UK to introduce televised debates between the major party leaders prior (…)

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PMQs: Nick tackles Gordon on wasteful public spending

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2008

This being Prime Minister’s Questions, the burning topic of the day – should Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross be publicly flogged for crimes against Andrew Sachs – was not tackled. But, this being PMQs, there was plenty of other puerile (…)

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NEW POLL: time to scrap the BBC licence fee?

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2008

In his Lib Dem News column this week, reprinted on his Liberal England blog, Jonathan Calder poses what he terms “an awkward question that won’t go away”: How can you justify financing the BBC through the licence fee in a (…)

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Tebbit backs Lib Dem Euro policy

by Stephen Tall on October 26, 2008

Former Tory party chairman Lord (Norman) Tebbit has urged David Cameron to follow the lead of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in demanding the British public be allowed an ‘in or out’ referendum choice on the UK’s membership of the (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #88

by Stephen Tall on October 26, 2008

Welcome to the all-the-eights 88th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (19th-25th October), together with a hand-picked quintet, mostly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise (…)

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Lib Dem MPs divide on embryology bill free vote

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2008

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill passed the House of Commons easily this week, 355 to 129. The Bill’s measures include allowing scientists to produce human-animal “hybrid embryos” for stem cells, use of “saviour siblings” to provide bone marrow or (…)

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Mike Smithson on why Lib Dem poll ratings vary so much

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2008

Mike Smithson, founding editor of PoliticalBetting.com and occasional Lib Dem Voice contributor, has written an interesting post on his site analysing why the Lib Dems’ poll ratings vary so much between the different pollsters – this is a question that (…)

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BBC Question Time: Open Thread

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2008

Are you tuning in tonight for BBC1’s flagship political discussion show (10.35 pm, and online)? If so, you’ll have the pleasure of seeing Jo Swinson, Ed Davey’s deputy at foreign affairs and Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, whose talents (…)

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