Forget hung parliaments. This is the general election result which is truly scary.

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2010

For the last month the opinion polls have been suggesting a hung parliament is the most likely outcome of the forthcoming general election. This has spooked some of those “pin-striped Scargills”, who would much rather their Tory friends were able to start slashing public spending without the restraining need to build consensus ahead of what […]

FT’s Philip Stephens attacks “sainted” Vince – here’s my reply

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2010

From: stephen – (this is spam bot hidden email address, replace .hat. with @ and remove for the real one)
To: philip.stephens – (this is spam bot hidden email address, replace .hat. with @ and remove for the real one)
Date: 30 March, 2010
Subject: ‘Honest Vince’ yes; fast and loose no
Dear Philip,
Thank you […]

Ask the Chancellors: your LDV reader

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2010

Did you watch Ask the Chancellors last night, with the Lib Dems’ Vince Cable centre stage?
If you didn’t … then you can watch it in full via the Channel 4 website, or some of Vince’s best bits via Lib Dem Voice’s YouTube channel.
If you did … then we’ve assembled all the Lib Dem blogosphere reaction […]

Lib Dems launch

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2010

Lib Dems still reeling from Vince Cable’s debate victory in Ask the Chancellors, have another reason to be reeling today … the party has launched a subversive multimedia viral ad campaign – – and it’s a 24-carat success.
The Labservative pitch is clear enough: Labour and the Tories are way too similar, and neither is […]

Ask the Chancellors: the post-match analysis

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2010

Let’s start off with the sentence you’d expect me to write: Vince Cable won last night’s Channel 4 Ask the Chancellors debate. There, I’ve said it.
Of course, it’s not just me saying it. It’s also The Guardian (“Vince Cable draws first blood”), the Telegraph (both Ben Brogan and Janet Daley), New Statesman (“Cable triumphs”), […]

Election Appeal: Help elect Sal Brinton in Watford – DONATE to her campaign TODAY

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2010

Liberal Democrat Voice is running a special appeal to raise funds for five of the party’s very best general elections candidates – all of whom have a real chance of winning but need your help NOW to ensure they do win.
Click here to make a donation TODAY.
Today we’re highlighting the campaign of Sal Brinton, Lib […]

Vince slams Osborne’s “schoolboy economics” (and the IFS aren’t keen on the Tories’ tax plans either)

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2010

It’s only a few hours since shadow chancellor George Osborne launched the Tories’ plans to cut Labour’s proposed increases in employers’ National Insurance, and already you can start to hear the sound of it unravelling.
First up, Vince Cable, the Lib Dems’ shadow chancellor:
This is school boy economics. When you have a £70bn permanent hole […]

Daily View 2×2: 29 March 2010 (with added poster spoofs)

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2010

Happy Monday morning afternoon, everyone, on the day in history when the Royal Albert Hall was opened by the Royal Victoria (1871), Dr John Pemberton brewed the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia (1886), and voters in Washington DC became eligible to vote in presidential elections (1961).
And now let’s move […]

Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen #162

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 162nd weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (21st-27th March, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed.
Don’t forget: you can now sign up to receive the […]

What does Zac make of the Tories’ latest nuclear policy?

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2010

Just four months ago, the Tories’ non-dom candidate for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, promised that his party would “ring in era of integrity” – and insisted no new nuclear power stations would be built under a Tory government.
Zac told The Guardian last December:
… that if the party sticks to its existing policy, it would never […]