Swinson: Brits spend as much time commuting as they do on holiday

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2009

Are you spending half your August Bank Holiday Monday stuck in a traffic jam? Well, just think of it as extra vacation. Lib Dem research has revealed that the average British commuter spends the equivalent of 23 working days per (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #132

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2009

Welcome to the 132nd of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (23rd August – 29th August 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, (…)

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CommentIsLinked@LDV… James Graham: Nick Clegg – where have you been?

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2009

Over at The Guardian’s Comment Is Free blog, Lib Dem blogger James Graham has a pop at the Lib Dem leader for squandering the political opportunity presented by a quiet August. Here’s an excerpt: Where was Nick Clegg when #welovetheNHS (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 30 August 2009

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2009

2 Big Stories Sunday Times: Lockerbie bomber ‘set free for oil’ Today’s Times has the big story: The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, (…)

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Will Tory Barnet's 'Ryanair Council' model backfire?

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2009

There’s been plenty of reaction to yesterday’s Guardian story in which Tory-controlled Barnet council revelled in their plans to adopt the practices of no-frills airlines like Ryanair in their delivery of local services: Barnet wants householders to pay extra to (…)

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Should parish councils be "completely apolitical"?

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2009

An intriguing row has broken out in Shoreham, West Sussex, in the lead-up to a by-election to fill a vacancy on the parish council. The local paper tells all: CONTROVERSY is stirring in grassroots politics, with the nomination of a (…)

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YouTube 'cos we want to: Kennedy, Fox News and X-Factor

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2009

Welcome to the return of our regular Saturday fix of a trio of videos doing the political rounds. You can catch up on our previous outings by clicking here. First up, this week’s news over the pond has been dominated (…)

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Kennedy speaks out on Megrahi

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2009

While Nick Clegg has publicly disagreed with the SNP Scottish executive’s decision to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrahi, former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has joined David Steel in declaring his belief that the decision was the (…)

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Time to stop wasting money on "frigging ridiculous" health authorities, says Clegg

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2009

The Guardian big-ups Nick Clegg’s plans to cut waste in the public services, specifically by trying to rein-in hospital trusts using their monopoly position to drive up costs. The paper bills it as “one of the most radical ideas of (…)

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Clegg: Turner's bank tax is "unworkable"

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2009

The BBC tells us: Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has queried the “workability” of a suggested tax on banks to curb excessive bonuses. Lord Turner, head of the UK’s finance watchdog, has suggested taxing banks’ financial transactions. The Treasury has (…)

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