My most-read 11 posts of 2011… as chosen by you

by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2011

Here are my most popular posts of the last 12 months… so if you don’t like them, you’ve only yourselves to blame: 1. For your delectation: the Oxford comma, a cartoon, two strippers, JFK, and Stalin 2. Why do politicians (…)

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And the most-mentioned Lib Dems of 2011 were…

by Stephen Tall on December 31, 2011

Two Lib Dem ministers made it into the top 10 of most-mentioned politicians in the national print media in 2011. Not surprisingly, one was Nick Clegg, the Deputy PM; the other was Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary. Here’s the graphic which shows them placed 4th and 10th respectively: Two Lib Dems also made […]

Which Lib Dem minister had the worst year? Find out who tied for first place among party members…

by Stephen Tall on December 30, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 564 party members responded, and we are publishing the full results here over several days. Huhne and Clegg tie for the award neither would want to […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-12-30

by Stephen Tall on December 30, 2011

Merry Xmas – wished. Gifts – given. Food – eaten. Stomach – stuffed. Siesta – starting. Zzz. # Am checking out of Twitter for next 3 days to avoid Downton Abbey spoilers… # Back home after a week in Spain. (…)

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EXCLUSIVE: Party members vote Vince Cable Lib Dem minister of the year

by Stephen Tall on December 29, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 564 party members responded, and we are publishing the full results here over several days. Vince, Danny and Chris: the Lib Dems’ top trio in government […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-12-23

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2011

My final day in the office: best wishes to @oxford_thinking and all who sail in her! # @adriansalmon Thanks, Adrian. Close, I'm off to http://t.co/MgRltTRz (of which Sutton Trust is lead partner). in reply to adriansalmon # @heyjames And these (…)

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Welcome to our new volunteer editors!

by Stephen Tall on December 20, 2011

Liberal Democrat Voice has always aimed to be ‘Our place to talk’, a site primarily for Lib Dem members to discuss and debate. We welcome readers’ contributions, whether financial (hem-hem) or intellectual. Building and maintaining a site like this, with fresh news and opinion day-in-day-out, is a labour of love. We are therefore delighted to […]

Out with the old job, in with the new job

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2011

I’m typing this in my now-empty office in the University of Oxford’s Lubyanka-esque headquarters at Wellington Square. After 13 years, Friday was my last day working for Oxford. My Oxford connection goes back still further: it was 17 years ago, (…)

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@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-12-16

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2011

Darn, just had to turn down chance of debating Europe with @TimMontgomerie on Sky News tmrw 🙁 #iblamexmas # Happy #ff to this week's RTers @RuralGurn @CllrMMills @saturngirl @NeilDotObrien @tonybalazs @matttcasey @jammyholt @adamcorlett # And extra special #ff to @gailbones, (…)

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What Lib Dem members think of George Osborne’s autumn statement (and the two measures they oppose)

by Stephen Tall on December 14, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 550 party members responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. Lib Dem members give thumbs-up (mostly) to Osborne’s autumn statement Two weeks ago, the Chancellor George Osborne […]