New LDV members’ survey now live: your views on benefits cap, tax, Europe, Scottish independence and life in government

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2012

The new LDV members’ survey is now live. So if you are one of the c.1,300 registered members of the Liberal Democrat Voice forum — and any paid-up party member is welcome to join — then you now have the opportunity to make your views known. Questions we’re asking this month include: what you think […]

Tuition fees: Guardian reality versus Indy froth

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2012

There were two alternative ways of reporting yesterday’s figures on the university application figures, the first since the introduction of £9k maximum fees. The Guardian’s reality… The first way is to look at the figures, and try and understand what (…)

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LDVideo: Danny Alexander – ‘No-one wants bonus culture’

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2012

Here’s Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander interviewed on Sunday lunchtime, defending the Coalition’s decision not to demand RBS chief executive Stephen Hester return his controversial bonus — a few hours before Mr Hester voluntarily forfeited it to defuse the row: (Available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor […]

The graph that shows more disadvantaged 18 year-olds applied to university in 2012 than under the last Labour government

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2012

Here’s a graph from UCAS’s analysis of university applications showing the application rates for 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas — and it shows the application rate in England this year is higher than in any other year bar (…)

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Headlines you won’t read today: University applications up this year more than 16%*

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2012

Yes, you read that headline right: applications to university have gone up by 16% this year — when compared with 2009: 2009 – 464,167 applications (by Jan. deadline) 2012 – 540,073 (+16%) I’m being deliberately selective, of course. This year’s (…)

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In other news…

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past week… Lib Dem MP Tessa Munt is taking on sexism in the BBC: ‘The BBC must ensure there are more women presenters and executives working on its radio network if it is to justify its licence fee, MP Tessa […]

LDVideo: Clegg on RBS Hester’s pay – “these figures seem like they’re from another planet”

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2012

The debate reverberated here on LibDemVoice yesterday: Should Stephen Hester accept his bonus? Here’s what Nick Clegg had to say about it all yesterday: (Available on the BBC website here.) And here’s how Jeremy Browne handled the issue on BBC1′s Question Time on Thursday night. * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and […]

Cam’s Euro U-turn – this is what happens when you fail to negotiate

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2012

Much wailing and gnashing of teeth today on the right as evidence emerges that David Cameron is backsliding on his ‘veto’ preventing the European Union from enforcing fiscal integration among the Eurozone countries. Here’s how The Guardian reports it: Ahead of Monday’s summit of EU leaders, which is due to finalise “political agreement” on the […]

LDV Caption Competition: Eds Balls and Miliband “The Early Years” Edition

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… (Image from The Guardian.) Here’s Labour top two Eds — the party leader and shadow chancellor — pictured in their salad days, Spadding for the Blair/Brown government. What do you think might be being said or thought […]

Liam Burns, tuition fees and the death of irony

by Stephen Tall on January 27, 2012

With tuition fees of up to £9k due to kick-in for this year’s university entrants, the thorny issue of application numbers is bound to generate controversy: has the price hike deterred potential students, or had no effect? The release of (…)

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