Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #158

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 158th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (21st-27th February, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, usually courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.
Don’t forget, by the way, you can now sign up […]

Book review: Peter Watt’s Inside Out – 5 things which struck me

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2010

Let’s begin with the positive: Inside Out, Peter Watt’s autobiographical account of his two years as Labour general secretary during the handover from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown, is an entertainingly gossipy book which, at 200 pages, doesn’t overstay its welcome. It’s packed with anecdotes and throwaway remarks which cast a new – and rarely […]

NEW POLL: What’s the main reason you think the Tory poll lead has all but evaporated?

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2010

Today’s YouGov poll in the Sunday Times suggests the Tory lead over Labour has amost disappeared, and that Labour may even end up the largest party after the general election (which would reflect the exclusive LDV election prediction published here at the start of February).
Nor is today’s poll a flash-in-the-pan. None of the last […]

How to show your colours, Lib Dem style

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2010

Wondering how to show your support for the Lib Dems at this election, but reluctant to sport a rosette? Well, The Guardian has come up with eight options for the fashion-conscious party supporter. Though it probably helps to be a lady. (Or else a male transvestite). Options range from £8 to £695:

Skirt £89, by ­Reiss; […]

LDVideo: dodgy Tory stats, Nick’s online Q&A, and the Wallander-inspired Lib Dem PPB

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2010

Welcome to this latest LDVideo instalment, highlighting three political video clips from the past week.
First up, there’s Lies, damn lies and Conservative statistics courtesy Political Scrapbook (and with a nod towards this iconic Guinness advert):

(Hat-tip: Left Foot Forward. Available on YouTube here).
Secondly, here’s Nick Clegg responding to questions posted to Facebook ( and Twitter (@Nick_Clegg) […]

The Saturday Debate: Freedom of speech should have no limits

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten as we continue our new Saturday slot posing a view for debate:
All liberals will happily sign up to the concept of free speech. But the practise of it often makes us uneasy. JS Mill summed up the dilemma by asserting that while all opinions should be aired, one can’t “shout […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-02-26

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2010

RT @nextleft @libdemvoice Cameron/Tories testing as slogan "Don't worry – you're voting for him, not us" << "or the puppy gets it" # Cameron's popularity on the slide << meedja finally noticed, have they? # RT @libdemvoice Poll: (…)

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Vince: RBS should not pay out bonuses while bank making losses

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2010

Bonuses for bankers: can they be justified? That’s the question everyone’s asking following RBS’s announcement that it made eye-watering losses of £3.6bn, but paid out bonues to staff worth £1.3bn.
Lib Dem deputy leader Vince Cable is dubious:

It’s hard to understand why £1.3bn is being paid out in bonuses when RBS continues to make losses. RBS […]

Those Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q4, 2009)

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2010

The Electoral Commission has published the latest donation and borrowing figures for the political parties this week, and its website allow us to gain a picture of the Lib Dems’ fundraising efforts over the years. Below is the full breakdown of cash and non-cash donations received by quarter since 2005, and annually between 2001 and […]

Times report: Tories “make inroads” into Lib Dem support in south-west England. (But where’s the evidence?)

by Stephen Tall on February 24, 2010

There’s a curious article in today’s Times by the paper’s chief political correspondent Sam Coates. Here’s how the report starts:

Voters are abandoning the Liberal Democrats in parts of their South West stronghold as dislike of Gordon Brown boosts support for the Conservatives. A tour by The Times of Lib Dem constituencies in the region found […]