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 […]