LDVideo | Election archive special… 1997

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2011

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our scavenge through the video archives for footage from bygone elections. We’ve trawled the 1960-70s, 1980s, and 1992 — which can only mean that today’s the turn of the 1997 landslide general election… That Lib Dem Punch & Judy show (Available on YouTube here.) Paddy Ashdown: the Movie (Available […]

LDVideo | Election archive special… 1992

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2011

Last weekend — in a desperate attempt to offer our readers an alternative to The X-Factor — we highlighted some clips from elections of yesteryear: first, the 1960-70s, then the 1980s. Today, we’re scrolling forward to the video footage of the 1992 general election… Paddy Ashdown on the campaign trail (Available on YouTube here.) Don […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-08-26

by Stephen Tall on August 26, 2011

@charlotteahenry Thanks for the #ff Straight back atcha – do follow Charlotte, folks, and http://t.co/vNxl56B in reply to charlotteahenry # I want to be totally clear. I did not just watch #xfactor I just happened to be in the same (…)

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LDVideo | Election archive special… the 1980s

by Stephen Tall on August 21, 2011

Yesterday was the 1960-70s, today we fast-forward to the 1980s… 1982 Liberal Party political broadcast (Available on YouTube here.) 1983 election: Party leaders on the campaign trail (incuding Roy Jenkins at 1:05) (Available on YouTube here.) 1983 election night coverage (following a big swing to the Liberals in Torbay, and featuring a Cyril Smith interview […]

At his best and his worst: 5 thoughts on Tony Blair’s analysis of the UK riots

by Stephen Tall on August 21, 2011

It’s only been four years since Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister (somehow it seems longer) — and he’s back today with an opinion piece for The Observer on the underlying causes of the riots, ‘Blaming a moral decline for the riots makes good headlines but bad policy’. Here are 5 thoughts on his article: […]

LDVideo | Election archive special… the 1960-70s

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2011

It’s Saturday night, but forget the X-Factor… Enjoy instead some classic election clips from the archives…
Jo Grimond campaigns in the 1966 general election

(Available on YouTube here.)
Election Campaign, Feb. 1974 (including a rare …

5 posts to read before casting your Electoral Reform Society council vote

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2011

If like me you’re a member of the Electoral Reform Society, you’ll have recently received a thick wad of paperwork through your letterbox. The reason? It’s time for the election to the Council of the ERS. The deadline for voting is this Friday, 26th August, so time’s not on your side to wade through the […]

Mike Hancock welcomes Ugandan gay deportation case deferral

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2011

Richard Flowers reported here on Lib Dem Voice last week Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock’s grave concerns for a Portsmouth constituent facing deportation back to Uganda — Robert Segwanyi is gay, and argues he was imprisoned and tortured in his home country, where homosexuality is illegal. (Michael Andrewes, Mr Hancock’s constituency researcher offered further background […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-08-19

by Stephen Tall on August 19, 2011

But monthly repayments to fall (headline u won't read) >RT @timeshighered: Student debt ‘to double’ under new fee regime http://t.co/1MLcB3Y # People lauding Oborne's attack on 'establishment': http://tgr.ph/nSErlO He has a point but idea this is new is woefully ahistorical. (…)

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My definitely-not-touting-for-your-vote, obligatorily-self-promoting-post: ‘Have you voted yet in the Total Politics blog awards?’

by Stephen Tall on August 15, 2011

Ah, blogging awards! The chance for us self-publishers to self-promote our writing wares in the vague hope of recognition beyond self. The Total Politics Blog Awards are upon us again, and you can vote here. In 2011, Total Politics is (…)

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