David Cameron’s jibe at Dennis Skinner: forget the ageism, it was just badly done.

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2012

David Cameron, it became clear today, was not impressed by Commons Speaker John Bercow’s decision to grant Labour leader Ed Miliband an urgent question on the subject of Jeremy Hunt’s hanging-by-a-thread career as culture secretary. His not-impressedness manifested itself as indignant anger — it was “spectacularly ill-judged” according to the Telegraph’s Iain Martin: From the […]

In other news… Lib Dems close no libraries, Paddick pledges 360,000 homes, & Newby is new Lords whip

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Tim Farron: No library closed under Lib Dem leadership (LibDems.org.uk) Last year, more than 40 libraries were closed by Conservative and Labour councils. In stark contrast, for the second year in a row, no Liberal Democrat-controlled council […]

House of Lords rewind: what I said back in 2007

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Earlier this week I appealed to the Tories’ principle and pragmatism in recanting their opposition to House of Lords reform. It reminded me of this 3-minute video I recorded five years ago, when — in the naive assumption that the (…)

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Britney versus Jordan: the fickle correlation of celebrity and baby names

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s a graph that neatly illustrates the power of celebrity… From the fantastic geek-curiosity that is the England & Wales Baby Names website, tracking the popularity of names given to babies from 1996-2010, here’s the graph for the name ‘Britney’: (…)

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LDV Caption Competition: David Cameron & Jeremy Hunt “Human shield” Edition

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here is Conservative leader David Cameron with his culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. After this week’s Leveson Inquiry revelations, what do you think might be being said or thought by or about them? And the winners of our […]

LDVideo: Clegg – we don’t need Hunt inquiry. Hughes – we need Hunt inquiry

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg saying that the Leveson Inquiry is the best place for culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to give evidence about his role in the BSkyB takeover bid… (Available on the BBC website here.) And here’s Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes calling for an inquiry into whether Jeremy Hunt breached the […]

The Weekend Debate: Who’d get your 2nd preference after Brian in the race for London Mayor?

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… This Thursday, millions of voters will go to the polls to cast their votes in local elections. And although London is only one of those elections, its electoral size and the colourful prominence of its candidates […]

What I told BBC Radio 5’s Nicky Campbell about Simon Hughes’s call for Jeremy Hunt to face inquiry

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2012

As I blogged this morning Simon Hughes last night became the first senior Lib Dem to call for Jeremy Hunt to face an independent inquiry into whether his behaviour broke the ministerial code during NewsCorp’s attempted takeover of BSkyB. I (…)

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Simon Hughes calls for independent inquiry into Jeremy Hunt

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2012

As the BBC News reports here, Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes last night called for the independent advisor on the ministerial code to investigate whether the allegations that Conservative culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was too friendly to the Murdochs are accurate: Deputy leader Simon Hughes has become the first senior Liberal Democrat to join […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2012-04-27

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2012

Sarkozy looks set to lose to Hollande. As I said last yr, elections not about left/right just now, but incumbent or not http://t.co/dxzm2RJ6 # .@ryancps @MattChorley Was a referendum pushed by Tories/Labour in either 2003 or 2007 when Parliament last (…)

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