@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2012-03-23

by Stephen Tall on March 23, 2012

From me last night > Congratulations to 'Oxford Thinking' and the £1.3 billion (with one caveat!) http://t.co/ViMMONYu # @oxford_thinking Great thx – and congrats on your own milestone, 1,200 followers! in reply to oxford_thinking # I wonder if Rowan Williams (…)

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Budget 2012 verdict: my pick of the top 9 stand-out issues

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2012

Here are my personal pick of the top 9 points from this year’s Budget… 1. A definite Lib Dem win on raising the income tax threshold Raising the income tax threshold — indeed, the biggest ever uplift, to £9,205 — is undoubtedly a big win for the Lib Dems. It’s two months since Nick Clegg […]

Which universities produce most millionaires?

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2012

The Universities of London, Oxford and Cambridge are (perhaps unsurprisingly) the UK universities which have produced most graduate millionaires, according to a survey by the financial investment firm Skandia UK: The University of London is ranked first, with almost one (…)

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Boost for Brian as Lib Dem London fundraising hits £400k

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2012

The media may be focusing on the Boris v Ken show for London mayor, but Brian Paddick’s Lib Dem campaign is making some noise. His hard-hitting campaign posters focusing on crime — an issue the former police commander in the Metropolitan police knows first-hand how to tackle — abound in London. And one of the […]

LDV Caption Competition: The Obama & Cameron ‘Special Relationship’ Edition

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s the popular leader of a leading nation whose economy is on the road to recovery on a Boy’s Night Out with David Cameron. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about […]

Time for the Lib Dems to blow the final whistle on national wage settlements

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2012

It’s over 50 years since the campaign by Jimmy Hill, then chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, successfully scrapped the maximum wage which operated throughout the football league until 1961. Some probably lament the commercialisation of the game which it set in motion. But the idea that individuals should have a ceiling placed on their […]

LibLink: Ed Davey – Out of the Shadows

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2012

The Lib Dems’ newest cabinet minister Edward Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change, is the subject of an extensive profile in the latest issue of The House magazine, re-printed on PoliticsHome. And it sounds like he couldn’t be much happier: “This is the thing I wanted to do – it’s my dream […]

‘How can Lib Dems avoid oblivion?’ asks PoliticsHome

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2012

Over at PoliticsHome, Mark Gettleson puts Lib Dem campaigning under the microscope to ask what the 2015 general election might hold for the party. He makes four points: 1. In 2010, the Lib Dems won the air war and lost the ground war There had been an uncoordinated increase in votes – around a million […]

The LibDemVoice comments policy: why we moderate & how to avoid us moderating you

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2012

There are many aspects of running this site that the LibDemVoice editorial collective actively discuss: which articles to publish and when, which adverts to accept and which to reject — and, most spiritedly, how to define our comments moderation policy. Until two years ago, we didn’t really have a policy: basically it was a free-for-all […]

LibLink: David Laws and Tim Farron – Budget 2012: Osborne must help the squeezed middle and tax the top

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2012

Rumour a-plenty ahead of George Osborne’s third budget. Adding to theose rumours — or, more likely, giving us the inside gen on what’s likely to transpire — are the former Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury David Laws and Lib Dem party president Tim Farron in The Guardian. Here’s an excerpt: Nick Clegg has […]