LDV Caption Competition | Julian Huppert “it’s all a bit of a blur” Edition

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2011

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s rising star Dr Julian Huppert, Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, flanked by Reading councillor Daisy Benson and LibDemVoice’s own Mark Pack at a conference fringe event. What do you think they might be saying or thinking? […]

Disagreeing with Andrew Rawnsley: I’m sorry, but Ed Miliband is the very definition of cautious

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2011

Ever since Alan Watkins’ death, the political commentator to whom I turn first and whose opinion I value most is Andrew Rawnsley. But that doesn’t mean I always agree with him, and today is a case in point. Here’s the (…)

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£6k versus £9k tuition fees: the real impact in pictures

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2011

Today’s announcement by Ed Miliband that Labour would double, not treble, tuition fees from the current £3k pa has prompted much vigorous discussion already. But what would be the actual impact for different income groups of the change in policy? To find out, I fed different figures into Martin Lewis’s Student Finance Calculator. I made one assumption: that all students would need to take out the maximum maintenance loan to live on while studying. Here’s what the figures show…

Ed Miliband on tuition fees: £6k not £9k. The reaction so far…

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2011

Rejoice! Rejoice! Labour has a policy. Party leader Ed Miliband has vowed that, if Labour were in government now, they would double tuition fees to £6k from the current £3k level set by the last Labour government with immediate effect. In other words, they would undercut the Coalition’s £9k fees by £3k. Here are some […]