LibLink: Steven Fielding on Scott Egerton, “gentleman, Liberal MP… and detective”

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

Over at his personal blog, Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham, takes a look at the work of Lucy Beatrice Malleson who, under the nom de plume Anthony Gilbert, wrote 10 books featuring the gentleman detective — and Liberal MP — Scott Egerton. Here’s an excerpt: Malleson’s Egerton stories follow […]

LDVideo: So you want to watch 6mins 23secs of Lembit Öpik in a wrestling ring? You got it…

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

This weekend Jonathan Calder brought us the news that Lembit Öpik had contrived an appearance in a wrestling ring at Welshpool Town Hall. Distressingly, video footage has now been unleashed: (Available on YouTube here.) Ironically, today’s the day another Lembit story has appeared — that the former Montgomeryshire MP has thrown his hat into the […]

How would you answer the question about the Lib Dems the Indy asks all with an open mind to consider?

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

Mark Pack has posted excerpts here from Nick Clegg’s interview in the Independent today — but it’s worth highlighting also the conclusion of the paper’s leading article today assessing the Lib Dems’ contribution during the first two years of Coalition Government: There remains much to criticise this Government for, and The Independent on Sunday disagrees […]

Miliband moves on party funding: offers £5k cap including union donations (but what about members’ opt-in?)

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

Three weeks after the latest funding furore to hit politics — when Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas touted influence on government policy for £250k a pop — Ed Miliband has seized the initiative, proposing to limit all donations from individuals, organisations and unions to a maximum of £5,000. Here’s the BBC report: Labour leader Ed Miliband […]

Avant le déluge: If you want to follow the French presidential elections…

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

The UK is approximately 3687 miles from the United States of America, and separated by an ocean. The UK is approximately 22 miles away from France, and separated by a channel. Yet there has already been more coverage expended on the race for the Republican nomination than there has been on the battle to become […]