Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #154

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2010

Welcome to the 154th of our weekly round-ups from the Lib Dem blogosphere, featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (24th – 30th January 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, usually courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.
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Another Cameron gaffe: Tories in a tangle over public spending

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2010

A moment of sympathy, please, for Tory leader David Cameron as he tries to steer a middle ground as the UK falteringly exits recession.
On the one hand, he needs to keep happy his shadow chancellor George Osborne and the die-hard right-wingers at ConservativeHome who are desperate to start cutting public spending now:
Spending cuts need […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-01-29

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2010

Measuring word of mouth via @sernovitz http://bit.ly/87BAr5 <- six categories of social media metrics, but applies to pretty much all comms. # 'Why big majorities are bad' or 'Safe Seats Disenfranchise Voters' via @DuncanStott http://bit.ly/4Izodm <- only just spotted this. (…)

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Déjà vu all over again: what the 1974 Liberal Party manifesto said

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2010

This election will make or break Britain. It is already certain that the government that takes office after the election will face the greatest peace-time crisis we have known since the dark days of 1931… Before any government can begin to get to grips with the economic situation, it must regain the confidence and respect […]

Tory councillor’s nicknames: domestic abuse victims are “screamers”, gay people are “queens”

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Brentwood Tory councillor Keith Parker has shown the caring, sharing side of his party in the last week. PinkNews reports:

A Tory councillor in Brentwood who made a joke about promoting gay rights and help for domestic violence victims has been accused of being offensive.
Keith Parker, the councillor for Brizes and Doddinghurst ward, remarked at a […]

Cameron: he was against paternity pay before he was in favour of it. What will his view be next month?

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

‘Dads will be able to take up to six months’ paternity leave while their child’s mother returns to work, under government plans announced today,’ reports The Guardian.
The Lib Dems’ shadow children, schools and families secretary, David Laws, is deeply unimpressed with Labour’s approach:
The Government fails to understand that all families are different and need […]

New Lib Dem members’ site goes live

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Lib Dem members on email will have received the following message from the party’s interim chief executive Chris Fox this afternoon advertising the new members’ site, designed to complement the main party website and the ACT social networking website.

Dear Stephen,
Today we are launching the new Liberal Democrat members’ website: www.libdems.org.uk/members
This provides a new channel of […]

If Gordon’s a “glum optimist” and Dave’s a “perky doom-monger”, can Nick be the “honest optimist”?

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Here’s how The Economist’s Bagehot characterised the performances of Gordon Brown and David Cameron at their respective press conferences this week:
On Gordon Brown: “… [he] was his usual funereal self (even if he did manage a decent joke about the date of the general election). I thought he looked exhausted. But what he had to […]

ICM: 59% of Lib Dem voters support marriage tax breaks … Or do they?

by Stephen Tall on January 26, 2010

The Guardian’s monthly ICM poll, published today, asks a couple of intriguing questions.
For a start, we discover where Lib Dem supporters perceive they sit within the class system (however self-defined) – 50% say they are middle-class, and 48% that they are working-class. This compares with 38% middle-class to 61% working class for Labour; and […]

The Labour Party & Scottish Devolution, 1967-79: a case study in British political expediency … Part IV

by Stephen Tall on January 26, 2010

As trailed here, over the next few weeks I’m publishing ‘The Labour Party & Scottish Devolution, 1967-79: a case study in British political expediency’, the thesis I wrote as an undergraduate some 12 years ago. You can catch up with (…)

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