Times: Tavish Scott expected to see off Lib Dem rebellion on opposition to referendum

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2009

A week ago, LDV asked the question, Is it time for the Scottish Lib Dems to back an independence referendum?, amid suggestions in The Sunday Times that there was “a growing rebellion within the party’s ranks over its opposition to Alex Salmond’s Referendum Bill.” Today’s Times reports that Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott will […]

The LDV Friday Five (ish): 30/10/09

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2009

What could be simpler: five categories, each with five links. And it’s Friday.
5 most-read stories on LDV this week
1. Mark Littlewood resigns Lib Dem membership for IEA Director job (175) by Richard Huzzey
2. Opinion: A Liberal Line on Immigration (61) by Patrick Murray
3. What did you make of Chris Huhne’s Question Time performance? […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2009-10-30

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2009

anyone else find The Times website doesn't work in Firefox, always producing Error 404 pages? # @nmackinnon hmmm, weird – it's when I click on a hyperlink to Times page it happens. Once in the site all fine. # @willhowells (…)

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The Kaminski row: 2 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2009

The row over David Cameron’s decision to pull the Tories out of the main centre-right European grouping, the European People’s Party (EPP), and set up a new group of “extreme and rag-bag” assorted right-wingers, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), has been simmering for months.
It’s burst into the political mainstream this week, courtesy of […]

The ban on MPs employing their relatives: two Lib Dems protest

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2009

The Telegraph reports today that two Lib Dem MPs – Malcolm Bruce and Matthew Taylor – are among the 17 MPs who have protested to Sir Christopher Kelly at the proposed ban on employing relatives:
Malcolm Bruce
Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon
Employs wife, Rosemary Bruce, as Office Manager and Diary Secretary
“Having my wife as office manager, diary […]

The Tory councillors who labelled their Lib Dem opponents “morons” refuse to apologise

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2009

Moron: it’s not exactly a nice word. Definitions include “a person of subnormal intelligence” and the more psychologically precise “a person having an intelligence quotient of between 50 and 70″. Many of us might have used the term, but it’s one generally best kept out of civilised political discourse.
Tory councillors in the Cotswolds take […]

Sara Bedford on the Watford play areas ‘Flat Earth News’ day

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2009

I reported here on LDV this afternoon on the serious mis-reporting of Watford Borough Council’s children’s adventure playgrounds policy, indulged by Iain Dale and some newspapers.
For all the media attempts to stir-up some cliched ‘political correctness gone mad’ controversy, it’s clear that Lib Dem Mayor Dorothy Thornhill has acted sensibly and straightforwardly throughout. I […]

Watford’s liberal Lib Dem Mayor – what Iain Dale didn’t report

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2009

Tory blogger Iain Dale should perhaps have paused before clicking ‘publish’ on his latest – highly inaccurate – post, How Very Illiberal of a LibDem Mayor. Those few seconds’ hesitation would have been sufficient for him to do a quick Google and find out what he was about to write was nonsense.
In his article, Iain […]

NEW POLL: would you support Tony Blair as the first President of the EU?

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2009

Amidst continuing speculation that Tony Blair might become the first President of the European Union, Stephen Tall puts the question direct to Lib Dem Voice readers: should the party back Blair for Europe’s top job? Nick Clegg has said publicly that “Blair really is the wrong person for this job. He won’t be very good at it and he will not enjoy it.” Those who support his candidacy point out, “if Europe chooses a bland, barely known former national leader for its first true president, the continent and the rest of the world will roll over in boredom and promptly ignore him or her.” What’s your view?

1999 – the year I tipped Tony Blair to become the first President of Europe

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2009

All this talk of Tony Blair becoming the first President of the European Union reminded me of one of my first forays into political journalism … It was an article I wrote for the Oxford University student magazine, Isis, in (…)

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