Jenny Tonge resigns Lib Dem whip over controversial “Beware Israel” remarks

by Stephen Tall on February 29, 2012

A quick follow-up to our story, Jenny Tonge resigns… Baroness (Jenny) Tonge has this afternoon resigned the Lib Dem whip after coming under intense pressure following the widespread reporting of remarks she made last week declaring that Israel “will reap what they have sown” once the USA gets “sick of giving £70bn a year to […]

LDVideo: Simon Hughes on the Coalition Budget, 50p tax rate and NHS reform bill

by Stephen Tall on February 29, 2012

Simon Hughes, the Lib Dem deputy leader, was interviewed by the BBC’s Andrew Neil at the weekend on some of the key issues currently facing the party and the Coalition. These included the Lib Dem push for tax-cuts for the low-paid, maintaining the 50p tax-rate for those earning more than £150,000, and the NHS reform […]

New poll finds 60% of public backs Lib Dem flagship policy of tax-cuts for low-paid funded by tax increases for wealthy

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2012

It’s a month since Nick Clegg made a fresh bid to put the Lib Dems’ flagship 2010 manifesto policy once again front-and-centre: further tax-cuts for the lowest-paid to be funded by higher taxes for the wealthiest. And today came news of what the public thinks of the Lib Dem approach to fairer taxes, with the […]

LDVideo: Ming Campbell – House of Lords reform part of Lib Dem DNA

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2012

Here’s a clip of former Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Menzies Campbell declaring reform of the unelected upper house — that century-old piece of ‘unfinished business’ — is an innate part of what defines Liberal Democrats: (Available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at his […]

Is this the most biased opinion poll question ever asked?

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2012

The Coalition for Marriage was launched last week. And as many groups do to try and drum up some publicity announce themselves to the world, they commissioned an opinion poll of public attitudes to equal marriage. Which is fair enough. But then, it appears, a thought struck them. The UK is, by and large, a […]

*Data-geek alert* Spreadsheets of all main party donations, 2001-11, available to download here

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2012

There are many ways to live it large on a Friday night. Here’s what I did to get the weekend party started… grazed on the Electoral Commission’s website, looking at the data available of all declared donations by the Lib (…)

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In other news… London PPBs, Clegg paint attack, Turing pardon latest, Darlington Lib Dem leader barred

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past week… Lib Dems fight reduction of their party political broadcasts in London (Guardian) Provisional plans being drawn up by the BBC suggest giving the Lib Dems two party political broadcasts for the elections – the same as the Green […]

‘Workfare’: the depressingly sterile ‘left/right’ debate is a challenge to liberals to sharpen our thinking

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2012

Deborah Orr has a must-read article in the Guardian highlighting the inverted absurdity of this week’s row about the Coalition’s workfare programme, The slanging match over workfare is getting us nowhere. She points out that the very essence of workfare is government intervention in the workings of the free market, the state urging private companies […]

10 things you might not have known about party political funding over the last decade

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2012

The Electoral Commission website is a data-mine of information for those interested in all aspects of party political funding. For those who’d rather not get their hands dirty doing the mining themselves, below you’ll find 10 interesting (in my opinion) facts I discovered there. But for those of you interested in excavating further, I’ve uploaded […]

LDV Caption Competition: Steve Webb & IDS “Supermarket (Chimney-) Sweep” Edition

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s the Coalition’s Work & Pensions team — former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith and Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb — enjoying the sight of fully-stacked shelves at a supermarket. What do you think might be […]