Top 10 tweeting MPs: congratulations to Lib Dem @julianhuppert in at No. 6!

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2011

Who are the top 10 Twitterers in the House of Commons? That’s the question the Mail on Sunday answers today, following a survey by Westminster Public Affairs. The list looks not at number of followers, but at the volume of tweets each MP has sent out. Heading the list is Labour’s Kerry McCarthy with well […]

LDVideo: The West Wing explains the US debt ceiling in under 60 seconds

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2011

Everything you needed to know about the current ‘epiphenomenal imbroglio’ ((C) Will Self at 0:48 here) engulfing the US economy, courtesy series 6 of The West Wing: (Also available on YouTube here.) And as a special treat, here’s a bonus West Wing clip of presidential contenders Santos and Vilnick debating ‘liberalism’ — all together now: […]

Who are the Lib Dems ‘unconventional men (or women) whose mad ideas make us think’?

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2011

Andrew Rawnsley, writing in today’s Observer under the surprisingly un-PC title In praise of unconventional men who make us think, sticks up for those iconoclastic thinkers who challenge their parties’ conventional thinking, citing as paragons the Tories’ Steve ‘Big Society’ Hilton and Maurice ‘Blue Labour’ Glasman: Conventional is not a description you could apply to […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-07-29

by Stephen Tall on July 29, 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse: tragic waste. # RT @lordbonkers Amy Winehouse: 1983-2011 – Telegraph http://t.co/8xz4vth via @Telegraph < 1983-2011: such a short span. # RT @mjryandaly @stephentall Does Lembit even have a chance? < Am not a Londoner, but my guess (…)

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As seen on Dale & Co – Would you hire someone without interviewing them?

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2011

Here’s my second contribution to Dale & Co, published there yesterday: Something quite remarkable happened last week. A British politician published a thoughtful report on access to higher education without once resorting to populist attacks against universities’ admissions policies as (…)

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‘The Hughes Report’: Lib Dem MP’s 33 recommendations to improve access to higher education

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2011

Last week saw the publication by Simon Hughes, the Government’s advocate for higher education access, of his report for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister on how more young people can be encouraged to apply for university. It’s received little attention, perhaps understandably given the current frenetic news cycles — but it’s a shame […]

News International tried to bully the Lib Dems, says Observer. It didn’t work.

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2011

News International ‘bullied Liberal Democrats over BSkyB bid’ is the headline in today’s Observer, with the paper reporting: Rupert Murdoch’s News International launched a campaign of bullying against senior Liberal Democrats in an attempt to force through the company’s bid for BSkyB, high-level sources have told the Observer. Lib Dem insiders say NI officials took […]

Update on the latest twists and turns in the contest to become the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London

by Stephen Tall on July 23, 2011

It’s been a fascinating — and characteristicaly bizarre — last 48 hours in the contest to become the Lib Dems’ London mayoral candidate. There was the first hustings, reported here on LDV by Simon McGrath, which attracted comments from Brian Paddick, and some robust thoughts from Lembit Opik’s campaign manager Ed Joyce. Further controversy was […]

News International’s William Lewis, BBC’s Robert Peston, and the alleged act of theft which aimed to bring down Vince Cable

by Stephen Tall on July 23, 2011

Rewind to December 2010, and you will recall the furore which greeted the revelation by the BBC’s Robert Peston that Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable had been secretly taped by undercover Telegraph hacks “declaring war” on Rupert Murdoch and his bid for BSkyB. Vince was almost forced to resign, responsibility for handling the bid […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-07-22

by Stephen Tall on July 22, 2011

RT @JohnRentoul I just used #QTWTAIN as a verb. It is not only a noun but an acronym < actually not an acronym, but an alphabetism #pedantry # My #hackgate verdict on Murdochs' performances: ignorance is no defence, deliberately staying (…)

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