The Coalition’s Political Plan B, Mrs T, and TINA: what does this spell out for the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2011

The political aftershock of George Osborne’s autumn statement is just beginning to sink in: the Coalition’s 5-year austerity programme, designed to end in 2015 by the time of the next general election, is now a 7-year programme straddling two parliaments. This poses problems for the future of the Coalition, and for the Lib Dems in […]

Ed Miliband’s wonky PMQs’ maths

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2011

Paul Walter’s LibDemVoice review of yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions mentioned the Ed Miliband soundbite which has been picked up by much of the media… but so far without the disbelief it’s due. Here’s what the Labour leader said: The difference is that, unlike the Prime Minister, I am not going to demonise the dinner lady, […]

In defence of Jeremy Clarkson. Yes, really.

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2011

Jeremy Clarkson is an attention-seeking controversialist. That’s his stock in trade. He’s about as close as the British have come to embracing America’s shock-jock cult. And he was at it again yesterday — seeking attention, being controversial — when he appeared on BBC1′s The One Show and suggested striking public sector workers should be shot […]