BBC Question Time: open thread

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008

Well, there may be no Lib Dem parliamentarian on tonight’s BBC Question Time (BBC1 and online, 10.35 pm GMT), but there is a well-known supporter, musician Brian Eno, formerly of Roxy Music star and an adviser to Nick Clegg. Brian (…)

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1.5% bank rate cut; Vince vindicated, again

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008

In a surprise move, the Bank of England today cut the official base rate of interest by 1.5% to 3%, the lowest level in half a century. The move’s been welcomed by Lib Dem shadow chancellor Vince Cable – not (…)

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Blears on blogging: bad timing and bad analysis?

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008

Hazel Blears’ speech to the Hansard Society is attracting a fair amount of attention in the blogosphere today, perhaps not surprisingly given the inclusion of this paragraph: This brings me to the role of political bloggers. Perhaps because of the (…)

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Is the SNP a shoo-in for Glenrothes? (Or is Labour lowering expectations?)

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2008

The Daily Mail’s Ben Brogan at least is convinced that Labour are down-and-out in today’s Scottish by-election: Labour word is that Glenrothes is a lost cause. The SNP will take it by 1500, give or take 500. I don’t detect (…)

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