I agree with Mark: The public did *not* reject proportional representation last year

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2012

Mark Thompson makes an excellent point over at his blog here. He points out that those Conservative MPs who now oppose the Coalition Agreement commitment to elect the House of Lords using proportional representation because they claim last year’s referendum (…)

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Psst! Whatever you do, don’t tell the Tories democratic reform is in their own best interests

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2012

A few weeks ago I wrote an article for Conservative Home offering some unsolicited advice to David Cameron’s party. I argued that a party that had achieved electoral success in the 1980s by appealing to the classless entrepreneurialism of aspirant ‘Middle England’ had once again become established in the electorate’s eyes as the party of […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg on House of Lords reform, Budget taxes and Michael Brown

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2012

Nick Clegg faced Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics, and set out his views on a range of issues — including the row over some Tory MPs’ wish to ditch their Coalition Agreement pledge on Lords reform, George Osborne’s controversial budget, Cornish Lib Dems’ ‘pasty tax’-opposing leaflet, and that Michael Brown donation. Here’s the full […]