From Mansfield to Domesday via the Liberal Party and Les Miserables

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2012

From the Mansfield College, Oxford (my alma mater) website: In 1970, in his last year as a DPhil candidate at Mansfield, Peter Armstrong created a film to commemorate the retirement of our then-Principal, John Marsh. The Development team recently came (…)

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Coalition’s Charity Tax U-turn: the lessons that charities and the Government need to learn

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2012

I asked two days ago if the Government’s ‘Pasty Tax’ U-turn would herald a reversal of the ‘Charity Tax’. I got word this morning that this was indeed on the cards: Charity Tax U-turn imminent from Government? That’s what I’m (…)

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The ‘Pasty Tax’ is dead, is the ‘Charity Tax’ next? Fingers-crossed for the next Coalition budget U-turn

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2012

Yesterday it was the ‘Pasty Tax’ which proved indigestible to the Coalition — the Government U-turned on a tax which would have proved unworkable in reality. Now there are rumours of a second budget reversal, with Tory MP David Ruffley (…)

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Clegg’s triple whammy: intervenes on secret trials, slams those who ‘bowed’ to Murdoch, calls for reform of ‘broken establishment’

by Stephen Tall on May 29, 2012

If Nick Clegg has time to keep a diary of his time in government (which I doubt) I’d like to pre-order it now. The principle of collective cabinet responsibility, together with the reciprocated determination of he and David Cameron to maintain an effective working relationship, means we don’t often see the reality of the behind-the-scenes […]

New LDV members’ survey now live: your views on the economy, the Coalition, Nick Clegg, personal freedoms & more

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2012

The new LDV members’ survey is now live. So if you are one of the c.1,300 registered members of the Liberal Democrat Voice forum — and any paid-up party member is welcome to join — then you now have the opportunity to make your views known. Questions we’re asking this month include: what you think […]

In other news… Mensch sticks up for Clegg, Rennie takes on Salmond, Bristol mayoral election latest & other stories

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… On day UKUncut protestors targeted Clegg family home, Tory MP Louise Mensch urges people to donate £5 to Lib Dem funds (ConHome) Louise Mensch, the Tory MP for Corby is recommending that her followers donate £5 to […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg – Syrian human rights abusers to be banned from London Olympics

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2012

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg appeared on the Andrew Marr Show this morning to say that those guilty of abusing human rights in Syria will be banned from entering the UK for the Olympics: (Video also available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes at […]

Desperately thin stuff – Observer fails to reveal Lib Dem ties with Murdoch

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2012

Liberal Democrats’ ties with Murdoch aides revealed to Leveson inquiry shouts The Observer headline today followed by a breathlessly hyped claim: Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats were sucked deeper into the controversy over News Corp’s planned takeover of BSkyB on Saturday as evidence submitted to the Leveson inquiry revealed close party ties with Murdoch executives. I […]

LDV Caption Competition: Vince & Dave “Watch your step” Edition

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable, the man who declared war on Murdoch, side-by-side with the man who LOL-ed with News International. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about them? […]

The Weekend Debate: What’s wrong with making membership of the second chamber a lottery?

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2012

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… The debate about what a reformed House of Lords should look like has been defeating legislators for well over a century — and here’s a novel proposal from Sandy Walkington, who stood for the Lib Dems […]