My 10 favourite posts of 2009

by Stephen Tall on December 28, 2009

Well, seeing as my LDV co-editor Mark Pack has made the running on this one, let me leap upon the bandwagon before it becomes a meme, and list the 10 favourite posts I’ve penned from the past year … One (…)

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Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #149

by Stephen Tall on December 27, 2009

Welcome to the 149th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere – the last of this deacde – featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (20th – 26th December 2009), together with a hand-picked quintet, usually courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.
Don’t forget, by the […]

Lib Dems and Labour neck-and-neck on 28%, says voting study

by Stephen Tall on December 27, 2009

Today’s Times publishes a study by Professor Colin Rallings and Professor Michael Thrasher of Plymouth University based on actual votes cast in the dozens of by-elections that take place for council seats each month. Here are the headline findings:
It shows that although David Cameron’s Conservatives have a 10-point lead over Labour as the year draws […]

NEW POLL: will the TV debates make any difference to the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on December 26, 2009

We now know the UK will see its first ever televised debates between the leaders of the three major UK-wide parties in the run-up to the 2010 general election. The consenus is there have been two winners: Sky News, which, with brilliant audacity, put the issue front and centre, and by so doing ensured that […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2009-12-25

by Stephen Tall on December 25, 2009 – 2 signs my holiday has – at long, long last – begun. Yay 🙂 # Hmmm, to go or not to go –> JEDWARD LIVE @ THE REGAL IN OXFORD – Mon 21st Dec. Avail from <– (…)

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LDVideo … Christmas Eve supplement

by Stephen Tall on December 24, 2009

Welcome to this latest, Christmas Eve LDVideo instalment, featuring three of the most memorable video clips doing the rounds on the blogosphere.
First up, is this simple but poignant ‘Merry Christmas from the UK Border Agency’ video, with a tip of our hat to Duncan Stott’s Split Horizons blog.

And now for something completely different, courtesy of […]

Davey: Brown should face Iraq inquiry music

by Stephen Tall on December 24, 2009

Hopes have never been high that Sir John Chilcott’s inquiry into the Iraq war would provide a real sense of closure: it’s come too late, and opinions are fixed. Opponents of Tony Blair’s decision will forever believe that he knowingly mislead Parliament into voting for a war he believed was essential; those who defend his […]

John Hutton was right: Gordon has been ‘a fucking disaster’. But who else was there?

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2009

At long last, what was widely known in Westminster Village circles has rippled out beyond: John Hutton was the cabinet minister who told the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson in 2006 that Gordon Brown would be ‘a fucking disaster’ in the role of prime minister. Well done to BBC Radio 4’s Eddie Mair for wringing […]

Official: Lib Dems the winners in 2009 local by-elections

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2009

There’s been a fair degree of criticism of the Lib Dems’ parliamentary by-election performances in the last couple of years: the 2006 ‘glory days’ of beating Labour in Dunfermline, and coming oh-so-close against the Tories in Bromley have seemed an increasingly distant memory. So, let’s celebrate an arena where the party is doing well: local […]

Vince: the accountants’ choice as Chancellor

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2009

My favourite bedside reading, Aaccountancy Age, has the story:
Vince Cable has emerged as the accountants’ choice for the next Chancellor following the pre-Budget report. In a poll of around 600 readers conducted by both before and after the pre-Budget report, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader and shadow chancellor proved popular with members of the […]