The government fiddles while websites burn

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2010

Semi-welcome news in today’s Guardian, Website archives to be fast-tracked: New legal powers to allow the British Library to archive millions of websites are to be fast-tracked by ministers after the Guardian exposed long delays in introducing the measures. The (…)

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Is this the laziest piece of political journalism ever?

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2010

Well, no, it’s probably not. But it must at least qualify for the laziest piece of journalism this decade. I refer to today’s Independent article, ‘Clegg faces party backlash over Tory alliance’, by Nigel Morris and Michael Savage. Oh, go on, then, here’s a link if you must; though I begrudge handing them the traffic. […]

Can you come up with a punchy Lib Dem slogan?

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2010

Iain Martin of the Wall Street Journal put in a pithy request to the political parties yesterday, Day -1 of the 2010 general election campaign: Better Slogans, Please.
Iain is equally scathing of Labour’s efforts (‘Come on Labour, wake up, get a move on! Don’t you know there’s an election on?’) and the Tories’ (‘a rather […]

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

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 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. Today, to kick off things, (…)

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

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2010

This was the rather sententious title I gave to my undergraduate thesis, completed some 12 years ago. At the time I started it, summer 1997, Labour had just won their first landslide under Tony Blair, and I was a loyal (…)

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