What Lib Dem MPs are reading this summer

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2010

The annual Waterstone’s ComRes survey of MPs’ summer reading choices has just been published. You can read about the overall responses here, but I had a quick scan of the findings of the 12 Lib Dem MPs who replied to see what our party folk are planning to dip into during the parliamentary recess… The […]

Clegg on social mobility: “making opportunity a right of the many, rather than a privilege of the few”

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2010

Nick Clegg today delivered his widely trailed speech on improving social mobility today, marking the 100th day of the Lib Dem / Conservative Coalition Government. You can read the full text below, also available at the party website. Lib Dem Voice Co-Editor Mark Pack has put on his professional hat over at the Mandate blog […]

100 Days: the Coalition is still enjoying a honeymoon

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2010

Last month, YouGov’s Peter Kellner penned a rather premature post, which stated categorically: The honeymoon is over. I took him to task at the time, and stand by my view that the Coalition is still regarded generally favourably by a plurality of the public. It’s been interesting, then, to read some of the barrage of […]

The last book I read in 100 words: Oxford Fall, Veronica Stallwood

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2010

Oxford Fall, Veronica Stallwood An Oxford college fundraiser, reportedly drunk, plunges to his death from the top of the Tower of Grace – how could I not read a detective novel with such an alluring premise? The weak part of (…)

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100 days of the Coalition: how the news media has turned out to be the biggest, sorest loser of them all

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2010

One hundred days. How the media loves a yardstick. We have US President FD Roosevelt to thank for the obsession with the first 15 weeks of a new government’s activity: in a race against time to save the US economy from its Depression slump, he signed into law over a dozen recovery programmes. Some worked, […]

In praise of… Tony Blair

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2010

I voted for Tony Blair as Labour leader in 1994; I voted for him again to become Labour prime minister in 1997. I soon learned my lesson. As Prime Minister, he failed. Not so much domestically: sure, he disappointed but show me a political leader who doesn’t. But in foreign policy, Mr Blair was an […]