The last book I read in 100 words: The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobsen

by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2010

The Finkler Question, Howard Jacobsen Like most other readers, I suspect, I read this because it won the Man Booker Prize. It’s ostensibly a comic novel in which the protagonist, Julian Treslove, cuts an absurd figure: a failed arts producer (…)

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Our starters for 2010 – how did we do? (Part I)

by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2010

A year ago, Lib Dem Voice posed 10 questions, the answers to which we believed might shape the Lib Dem year – time to revisit them, wethinks. 1. In the 2010 general election, how many Lib Dem MPs will be elected? Will we increase our number from the current total of 63; or will we […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-12-31

by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2010

Listening to I'm Sorry I Haven't A Xmas Carol while finishing Xmas shopping. Feeling Xmassy. #xmas # @stephenpglenn Many thx for #ff & have a great Xmas 🙂 in reply to stephenpglenn # Mince pies, hot chocolate, watching Poirot, wrapping (…)

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The 100-plus Labour MPs publicly opposing electoral reform

by Stephen Tall on December 30, 2010

Poor Ed Miliband. In his first speech to the Labour party conference he tried his valiant best to show that Labour had changed, that it was a party which could re-claim the progressive liberalism it so happily junked in the Blair/Brown years. No more ID cards, detention without trial, control orders etc — so said […]

What will happen in the May 2011 local elections?

by Stephen Tall on December 28, 2010

The Guardian takes a look today at the Lib Dems’ prospects in next year’s local elections, focusing on England rather than the national assembly and parliament elections due in Wales and Scotland. Not surprisingly, they come to the conclusion that Nick Clegg’s party is likely to be most vulnerable in those areas where the Lib […]

LDVideo ‘Sleb Special: Cyril, Scriven & Steel

by Stephen Tall on December 27, 2010

A festive edition of the Voice’s occasional round-up of political videos, with three Lib Dem politicians showing, erm, quirkier sides of their personalities. M’colleague Helen Duffett has already brought you the delights of Vince’s turn on the Strictly Come Dancing floor. But he’s by no means the first Liberal politician to hit the mainstream — […]

The last book I read in 100 words: Taken at the Flood, Agatha Christie

by Stephen Tall on December 27, 2010

Taken at the Flood, Agatha Christie Reading for pleasure has taken a bit of a back seat in the last couple of months (see here for why) — so I’ve found myself drawn to comfort easy-reading. And for me Agatha (…)

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Diffindo! Has Daniel Radcliffe hexed the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on December 26, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe has declared himself to be “underwhelmed” by the Lib Dems in the wake of the tuition fees controversy, according to a report in the Daily Mail: A source inside the party said: ‘Daniel does not in any way support the violence of the rioters, but to say he is underwhelmed by his party […]

Who’s your Liberal Voice of 2010?

by Stephen Tall on December 26, 2010

LDV wants to find out who our readers think merits the title Liberal Voice of the Year 2010, and we’ll be running a New Year poll to find the individual or group which has most inspired you in the last year. But, as is our traditional little twist, we want to look outside the Liberal […]

My top Google returns: ‘blog’, ‘oxford’, ‘lib dem’, ‘gay’

by Stephen Tall on December 26, 2010

Well, my own fault for relying on a search engine to try and crowd-source my life, I guess… Enjoy reading this? Please like and share: