News in Brief: Ming savages Danny, ‘Parenting Matters’, and Don Foster on “rodents with wings”

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2011

Former party leader Ming Campbell is apparently furious with fellow Scottish Lib Dem, Danny Alexander, according to the Telegraph. The two MPs are, it appears, at each others’ metaphorical throats over the handing over to the British army of RAF Leuchars in Fife (Ming’s patch), while RAF Lossiemouth in Moray (Danny’s neighbouring patch) — though […]

The LDV Friday Five (Late Edition): 6 August 2011

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2011

It’s Friday. Okay, it isn’t. But at least it’s five o’clock. Here’s a fistful of lists that sum up the LDV week in our belated Friday Five: 5 most-read stories on LDV this week Opinion: Why we should praise Louise Mensch (37 comments) by Lee Chalmers Could you edit The Guardian? Take a simple test […]

David Laws set for ministerial return in autumn?

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2011

So says The Sun, oracle of all political prophesy, and (as we now know) superbly connected to the occupant of Number 10: OUTED Treasury chief David Laws is lined up for a surprise return to Government in the autumn, The Sun can reveal. PM David Cameron plans to hand the expenses scandal MP a new […]

Decriminalising drug possession: an idea whose time has come?

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2011

Drug reform has long been the third rail of British politics. Nine years ago, a newly-elected Tory MP was able to write in The Guardian from the safety of backbench obscurity: ‘I am an instinctive libertarian who abhors state prohibitions and tends to be sceptical of most government action, whether targeted against drug use or […]