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 […]