Tuition fees and the law of unintended consequences

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2011

‘Average university tuition fees will soar to £8,600 a year under the Coalition’s higher education reforms’ — so says Research Fortnight, which has analysed universities’ response to the Government’s post-Browne funding reforms. This invites the question: Is this a case (…)

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Would an infinite number of monkeys be able to write an accurate story for the Telegraph?

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2011

To be honest, I’m starting to feel sorry for the Telegraph’s political journalists. It must get quite tricky week after week coming up with new half-truths to try and stretch into a story that even their Coalition-hating editors won’t spike for being too thin. This weekend brought new ‘revelations’ from the reliably inaccurate Melissa Kite […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-03-25

by Stephen Tall on March 25, 2011

A joy to usher in my 34th b'day with skiffle rendition of 'What shall we do with a drunken sailor' down The Cellar #justactingmyage # And here are said skiffle combo, The Severed Limb, as bopped along to tonight – (…)

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The last book I read in 100 words: O: A Presidential Novel, Anonymous

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2011

O: A Presidential Novel, Anonymous The jaunty dust-jacket illustration suggests a sly, quirky, entertainingly intelligent political romp — a Primary Colours for the Obama generation. The reality is a bit more meh. There’s nothing exactly wrong with O: it’s convincingly (…)

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LDVideo: The People Say Yes to AV (‘No Politicians’ Edition)

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2011

The No2AV Campaign has been all too delighted to parade has-been politicians to back up its arguments — the Yes2AV Campaign has rather more wisely stuck to letting the public have its say in this first UK referendum in 35 years. Here members of the public explain why they’ll be choosing the Alternative Vote this […]

LDV Saturday caption competition: “The Webb’s Wonders” Edition

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2011

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… (Image credit: Alex Broadway / SWPix.com via Flickr) Here’s Lib Dem Minister of State for Pensions Steve Webb joining in an armchair aerobics session at Bristol Rovers Extra Time project, funded by the Football Foundation and Comic […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-03-18

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2011

@10anta Lol, I am honoured. We've never been seen in the same room, after all… in reply to 10anta # Am trying to delete Twitter for Blackberry from my Blackberry (cos it sucks) – how do I do so? # (…)

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Three cheers for Ed Miliband (shame about his party)

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2011

This evening Labour leader Ed Miliband will urge his party and the public to say yes to fairer votes in this coming May’s referendum. All of us in favour of electoral reform, and a voting system that puts more power back in the hands of the people, should welcome his personal backing for the alternative […]

Can politicians ever aspire to a real work/life balance?

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2011

Last night, Nick Radford — who stood for the Lib Dems in Salisbury at the 2010 general election — announced on his blog he would not be standing again, that he ‘finally felt comfortable describing myself as a “ex-politician”‘. Before the media gets in too much of a lather (I can already see the headlines: […]

The last book I read in 100 words: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson Some books become almost compulsory to read — that said, I’m a sucker for page-turning crime novels, so it was hardly a chore to start the late Larsson’s trilogy. After all, I (…)

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