Two more Lib Dems quit PoliticsHome panel

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2009

I blogged at the weekend about the resignations of three Lib Dem MPs – Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Lynne Featherstone – from the PoliticsHome ‘insiders’ panel’, the PH100, in protest at the acquisition by Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft (…)

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A look back at the polls: September ’09

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2009

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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Does it matter if The Sun backs the Tories?

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2009

The Sun is shining on the Tories this morning, with the announcement by Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid that it will back the party at the next general election for the first time since 1992. Indeed, so proud was the rag paper (…)

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Gordon’s speech – Danny Alexander responds (and so do I)

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2009

Gordon Brown delivered his speech to the Labour Party’s conference in Brighton today – you can read it in full here, or watch it here. For the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg’s chief-of-staff Danny Alexander has issued the following response: Gordon (…)

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12 years to re-state a watered-down pledge. So much for progress.

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2009

The Labour Party manifesto 1997: We are committed to a referendum on the voting system for the House of Commons. An independent commission on voting systems will be appointed early to recommend a proportional alternative to the first-past-the-post system. Gordon (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #136

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2009

Welcome to the 136th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (20-26th September 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, partly courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise (…)

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To be fair …

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2009

I made clear my view on Sunday that the BBC’s Andrew Marr was bang out-of-order to ask Gordon Brown whether he uses prescription drugs seemingly on the basis of nothing more than Internet rumour: … in making it an issue (…)

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LDV readers split on Nick’s talk of need for “savage” cuts

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2009

A week ago, Lib Dem Voice asked our readers the question on everyone’s lips at conference: Do you think Nick Clegg was right to say that the Lib Dems need to be “quite bold, or even savage, on current spending”? (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 28 September 2009

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2009

2 Big Stories Germany elects new centre-right government to be led by Angela Merkel The Financial Times reports: Germany is on course for its first centre-right government in 11 years after voters gave chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and (…)

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That Andrew Marr question: wrong, wrong, wrong

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2009

It’s a few weeks since I was emailed an article by John Ward (also sent to a number of other blog-sites), subsequently published at notbornyesterday.org, alleging the Prime Minister suffers from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, and that these conditions (…)

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