Nick Robinson notes Lib Dems’ “important injection of democracy” into Coalition’s NHS plans

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

Mark Pack yesterday noted Lib Dem health minister Paul Burstow’s hand at work in the NHS White Paper – it’s a theme also picked up today by the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson, who comments on his blog: The proposals for a re-organisation of the NHS included a fundamental and little-noticed change from those contained […]

Vince Cable set to propose graduate tax to replace tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

The BBC reports: A graduate tax is to be proposed by the Business Secretary Vince Cable, in a keynote speech on the future funding of higher education. This would mean students in England would repay the costs of going to university through taxation once t hey began working. A review of tuition fees and student […]

How Clegg switched sides at half-time

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

No, not more revelations from the memoirs of New Labour’s svengali, Lord (Peter) Mandelson – rather a diary piece by Hugh Muir in the Guardian. LDV readers may recall Nick Clegg’s conflicted loyalties in deciding whether to support Holland or Spain in Sunday’s World Cup final. It appears he found out a way to resolve […]

The last book I read in 100 words: Stone’s Fall, Iain Pears

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

Stone’s Fall, Iain Pears Iain Pears is an author who likes slicing up his books, and dicing up his narrative. Four narrators in his most famous book, An Instance of the Fingerpost; three in his follow-up, the more dense The (…)

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