One way to cure Lib Dem masochism – what I wrote for the Grauniad

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2010

Over at The Guardian’s Comment is Free website I have an article proposing the Lib Dem leadership take a Coalition chill-pill, and start disagreeing more openly with our Conseravtive partners… We’re masochists: it’s the only explanation that makes any sense. (…)

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EXCLUSIVE: 84% of Lib Dem members back Lib-Con Coalition – but 46% say it will be bad for party’s electoral fortunes

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the Coalition Government’s budget, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results of our survey. First, let’s take the temperature of […]

LDV survey: How Lib Dem members rate the performances of Nick Clegg and the party

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the Coalition Government’s budget, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results of our survey. Today we take a look at […]

LDV survey: 96% of Lib Dem members back AV – but majority with “no real enthusiasm”

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of a variety of key issues, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results of our survey. Today we’re looking at the […]

Burstow: “New 111 service will be better than NHS Direct”

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2010

The news broke at the weekend that NHS Direct is to be scrapped by the Coalition Government, and replaced with a new service – 111 – a move anticipated in July’s Health White Paper, in which it was promised to: Develop a coherent 24/7 urgent care service in every area of England that makes sense […]

LDV survey: 84% reject idea of any electoral arrangement with the Conservatives

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of a variety of key issues, and what you make of the Lib Dems’ and Government’s performance to date. Almost 600 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results of our survey. The possibility of a non-aggression […]

Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #184

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2010

Welcome to the Golden Dozen, and our 184th 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 (22nd – 28th August, 2010), together with a hand-picked quintet, normally courtesy of LibDig, you might otherwise have missed. Don’t forget: you can […]

Tax cuts vs Public spending: Danny Alexander’s comments flag up the Coalition arguments to come

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2010

I’ve been critical these past few weeks of the news media’s obsessional search to put a cigarette paper between Coalition politicians: mostly these have been the product of journalists’ desperation to fill space. But today’s interview in the Observer with Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander is, I think, significant for the […]

History doesn’t repeat itself: why the Lib Dems won’t split

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2010

“A healthy pedestrian mowed down by a runaway omnibus” – Trevor Wilson’s metaphor to describe the fall of the Liberal Party between 1916 and 1931 is quoted approvingly by Professor John Shepherd, co-director of the Labour Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, in a fascinating article in the summer issue of the Journal of Liberal […]

Pollwatch – State of the Leaders: how Clegg and Cameron are rated by the public (Summer 2010)

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2010

Last week, Pollwatch looked at the state of the parties in July and August; today it’s the turn of the coalition government leaders. As with all polls, what follows comes with caveats. Only two polling companies – YouGov and Mori – this past month asked questions specifically to find out the public’s views of the […]