EXCLUSIVE: How party members rate the performances of leading Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2011

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently 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. Over 660 party members responded, and we’ve been publishing the full results of our survey over the past couple of weeks. […]

Local by-elections, the national picture: Lib Dems at 12%

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2011

The Voice reported late on Thursday night the excellent performance of the Lib Dems in Winchester, recording a strong council by-election hold in the improbably-named Oliver’s Battery and Badger Farm. The Independent, noting the party’s victory, however also recorded the national projections based on January’s eight local by-elections, which show the state of the parties […]

New Torygraph smears against Nick, as Hennessy hits a hat-trick

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2011

‘Nick Clegg – no more Government business please after 3pm’ squeals the Torygraph today, delighted that they have managed to link their three favourite things in one story: (1) Having a pop at Nick Clegg (check); (2) Having a pop at the Coalition (check); and (3) Having a pop at ‘political correctness gawn mad’ (check). […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-01-28

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2011

About to discover if Danish Dance Theatre is really my bag: ballet meets street dance tonight at Oxford Playhouse. # @sarabedford @helenduffett I'll be sure to have my portable rickshaw with me just in case… in reply to sarabedford # (…)

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If it’s cracking, it must be a Duckworth

by Stephen Tall on January 26, 2011

Given my unabashed love of Neil Hannon’s Divine Comedy, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve only just got round to acquiring his cricketing spin-off musical venture, Duckworth Lewis Method. I loved it. I. Loved. It. Abso-bloody-lutely loved it. I could write (…)

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iCreo que! Inmigración

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2011

What I believe on a given topic in five sentences. In Spanish:* Creo en la libertad de los individuos para elegir donde viven. En mi mundo perfecto, no habría barreras para detener que la gente se mueva a cualquier país (…)

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I don’t know much about Cultcha, but…

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2011

When it comes to ‘Cultcha’ I generally count myself eclectic. Like most people, I like a mix of high- and low-brow music, books, films etc. I finished The Finkler Question over Christmas (which I guess counts as high) and am (…)

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Bored of the Dance?

by Stephen Tall on January 24, 2011

I like a challenge. And challenges for me don’t come much bigger than dancing… whether committing the act myself — as an arhythmic member of the English white, male, middle-classes I do my best to evade getting jiggy wiv it (…)

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@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-01-21

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2011

Is the Daily Express really giving away a bottle of cod liver oil free with each copy? Different way to make readers vomit, I guess. # @themsley Erk, you were made to read both Express + Telegraph? Human rights case (…)

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Labour reshuffle: Ed Miliband unveils Continuity Gordon Brown Party

by Stephen Tall on January 20, 2011

The Lib Dem response to Ed Balls’ appointment as Labour’s shadow chancellor, replacing Alan Johnson, has been swift. Stephen Williams, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Treasury Committee, commented: “I wish Alan Johnson good luck for the future. “The decision to appoint Ed Balls as Shadow Chancellor shows that the Labour Party is now determined […]