What The Spectator says: ‘Obama the Lib Dem’. (PS: It may even be a compliment.)

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2012

Over at The Spectator, Jonathan Jones looks at the US and UK approaches to their forthcoming budgets — cutting the deficit, taming debt, etc — and his fourth and final point concludes: Obama the Lib Dem. It’s striking how similar Obama’s tax priorities are to those of the Liberal Democrats, even though the specifics differ […]

‘Sometimes ambitious children need to slow down’. On state schools, aspiration, and a failure of tone

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2012

The TES published an article — Maths – Put the brakes on — which has attracted a great deal of opprobrium in the last 24 hours for appearing to show a lack of aspiration in the state sector for children (…)

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Lib Dem members back Vince’s ‘mansion tax’ – but views differ about whether on house values of £1m or £2m

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2012

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 570 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 81% yes to mansion tax – but pretty even split on £1m or £2m levy value LDV asked: […]