Roberta Blackman-Woods – desperately sabre-rattling on her MP’s expenses

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

Ah, the old tricks are always the best. Readers may recall during the Henley by-election campaign, the Tories issued an empty threat to sue the Lib Dems “unless the Lib Dems withdraw a leaflet and remove claims from their website by noon”. Of course, they didn’t do it but a gullible media ran with the […]

The budget wasn’t all bad news for non-dom Lord Ashcroft

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

There wasn’t much in yesterday’s budget for charities, but one snippet caught my eye: the extension of gift aid reliefs on charitable donations to the EU. This means a UK resident can now make a philanthropic donation to any charity (…)

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In the spotlight: Anna Arrowsmith and Paul Walter

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

For the delectation of LDV’s readers, you might be interested in clicking on the following two links:
1. Mark Thompson interviews Anna Arrowsmith
The Mark Reckons blog carries an interview with the Lib Dems’ candidate for Gravesham in Kent, Anna Arrowsmith, who shot to prominence last week owing to her successful career as the UK’s first female […]

The Tories show how not to get ahead in advertising

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

Oh dear. You’d have thought a party funded by non-doms like Lord Ascroft and Zac Goldsmith would at least have the money to throw at professional, vote-winning advertising. Thankfully, though the Tories may preach value-for-money to others, they show zero signs of putting it into effect themselves.
Example One: Political posters
The Tories, after all, are the […]

Memo to the media: Clegg was first on Labour’s stealth tax, as Tories play catch-up

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

Excuse me, while I discard my customery mode of politness, and begin to vent …
[vent] What is it with the media, and their inability to report the Lib Dems or our policies or statements?
The political news this morning has been dominated by a ‘Stealth tax’ dispute … PoliticsHome informs us that, ‘The Conservatives have […]

Cameron TV meltdown hits YouTube

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2010

Yes, it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: David Cameron’s bewildered, stumbling, confused, squirming, befuddled, painful TV interview with broadcaster Martin Popplewell is now available to view on YouTube – over 17,000 people have watched it to date.
LDV highlighted the footage late Tuesday. To give them their due, ConservativeHome didn’t shy away from […]