NEW POLL: Is the Coalition right to allow us to work beyond 65?

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2010

This was the statement issued by Lib Dem Employment Relations Minister Ed Davey this week when announcing the end of the default retirement age of 65, and give people the freedom to choose their own retirement date: With more and more people wanting to extend their working lives we should not stop them just because […]

LDV Saturday caption competition: “Kramer vs Zac” edition

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2010

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader … (Image courtesy: Here’s former Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park Susan Kramer with her Tory successor Zac Goldsmith. What do you think they might have been saying or thinking about each other? The winner of […]

The Saturday Debate: What do we mean by middle-class?

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate: Class has always been an intangible concept in the UK. While most countries would define it quite simply as a function of income, in our class-hungover country there are all manner of other factors: state or […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-07-30

by Stephen Tall on July 30, 2010

RT @libdig Tories Disrespect Vince By Repeating What He Said Last Week | @achinton sets the record straight # RT @libdig New Tory/Ashcroft poll shows Lib Dems suffering badly | Beau Bo D'Or < Joke didn't work well (…)

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Is the Coalition Government’s honeymoon really over?

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2010

Forget the Lib Dems’ current poll-ratings for a moment – though today’s 19% from ICM will have done a fair amount to repair nerves frayed by YouGov’s poorer recent scores – and let’s focus on the Coalition Government as a whole. Last week, YouGov’s Peter Kellner stated categorically: The honeymoon is over. His logic was […]

Paywall vs ‘Freemium’: why Parris, Finkelstein et al may rue Rupe’s decision

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2010

Will The Times’s paywall work? It’s the question that’s been asked ever since Rupert Murdoch’s News International announced its intention to place The Times and The Sunday Times websites behind a paywall, blocking any user not prepared to pay a subscription for access. Last week saw publication of early unofficial statistics which were extrapolated at […]

Six Lib Dem MPs rebel on Coalition’s Academies Bill

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2010

The BBC reports: MPs have approved legislation [317 votes to 225, Government majority 92] which paves the way for a radical overhaul of the school system in England. The Academies Bill, allowing schools to opt out of local council control as early as September, is now due to receive Royal Assent on Tuesday. However, the […]

Can you design a poster to win the AV “Yes” campaign?

by Stephen Tall on July 26, 2010 has launched a competition to crowd-source the design talent of bloggers who support abolishing first-past-the-vote and replacing it with the Alternative Vote in readiness for next May’s referendum. Andy May – occasional contributor to LDV – has mocked up this effort to get the ball rolling: But he’s asking for readers’ assistance: What do […]

Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #179

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 179th weekly round-up from the Lib Dem blogosphere … Featuring the seven most popular stories beyond Lib Dem Voice according to click-throughs from the Aggregator (18th – 24th July, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. Don’t forget: you can […]

Mark Pack on election cost rules: “important that the rules are robust and that the rules are properly enforced”

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2010

LDV Co-Editor Mark Pack – who has written here and here about the Channel 4 News reports of MPs allegedly stretching their election exenses – has been interviewed by the channel about the complex rules. You can watch one clip here: (Also available here). There’s a transcript of the interview – and a further four […]