Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #177

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 176th 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 (4th – 10th July, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. Don’t forget: you can […]

When is a rebellion not a rebellion?

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

The Coalition decision to raise VAT was, by some measure, the most controversial aspect of the Government’s first budget. In our recent survey of party members, 42% opposed the move, though 48% endorsed it (however reluctantly) to deal with the deficit. The party’s MPs have also been wrestling with the issue. The VAT increase was […]

Channel 4 News: Zac Goldsmith has “questions to answer” about election spending

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

Channel 4 News will tonight broadcast the results of an investigation which it claims show Conservative MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, has serious questions to answer about the accuracy of his election expenses. The total allowable expenses for the campaign for all candidates was £11,003. Zac’s official returns show he spent 98% of his […]

Official: 4,500 new Lib Dem members have joined party since election and coalition agreement

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

Lib Dem party membership is up a remarkable 14% this year, according to official figures released by the party in England. 4,500 new members have joined the party since the election and the coalition agreement was reached, and the party is having greater success in retaining current members than in previous years. Lib Dem Voice […]

What a difference three months makes #nickcleggsfault

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

Three months ago, Thursday, 15th April, witnessed the UK’s first televised debate between the main party leaders. Here’s a reminder of the close of the first debate, which sparked ‘Cleggmania’ as well as the catchphrase “I agree with Nick”, and the subsequent Twitter hashtag craze #nickcleggsfault … (Available on YouTube here). Up to that point, […]

Guardian: Labour’s involvement in illegal abduction and torture of British citizens

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2010

Today’s Guardian reports the involvement of senior Labour figures, including Tony Blair and Jack Straw, in the illegal abduction and torture of British citizens by the secret services: The true extent of the Labour government’s involvement in the illegal abduction and torture of its own citizens after the al-Qaida attacks of September 2001 has been […]