by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2010
Each Friday during the election campaign, I’m one of a trio of pontificators on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight, alongside the Spectator’s Anne McElvoy and the Mirror’s Kevin Maguire, offering our verdicts on how it’s all going. Our first outing was last night, and if (like me) you missed hearing it, then you can catch up via the BBC iPlayer here – the discussion starts about 21 minutes in.
It went fine, thanks for asking, though some of my words of wisdom have been – alas! – discarded on the cutting-room floor. So you’ll never get to hear my words of wisdom on how the Lib Dems will cut public spending, what we really think about Lord Adonis’s appeal for Lib Dems in Labour-Tory marginals to ‘go Brown’, or whether Nick Clegg should have ruled out a hung Parliament. And I wasn’t even too on-message, either.
The one part I am genuinely sorry they cut was my response to the argument that there are no new ideas in this election campaign. I pointed out that some of the old ideas – taxing wealth not income, an elected House of Lords, voting reform – were old ideas just as relevant in the C.21st as they were 100 years ago. They’re liberal ideas which have stood the test of time, and are now coming back into fashion.
And indeed proof that there really is no question a Lib Dem cannot answer without reference to proportional representation.