In other news… Paddy in Lords bust-up; Manchester elects Lib Dem lord mayor; Defections round-up

by Stephen Tall on May 20, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Lord Ashdown and Lord Phillips in Lords reform clash (BBC News) Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has clashed with one of his party colleagues during a debate on government plans to reform the House of Lords. […]

Paddy: So you want to be a politician? Get a life (first).

by Stephen Tall on May 20, 2012

That’s Paddy’s view, as reported in the Independent’s diary here: Paddy Ashdown, the first leader of the Liberal Democrat party, has remarked on how politics has been taken over by people who have never had a job anywhere else but in politics, giving the strong impression that he does not approve. “The difference with politics […]

Lib Dems push Coalition to abandon ‘Moscow criterion’ in latest anti-Trident move

by Stephen Tall on May 20, 2012

Writing in the Financial Times, former Lib Dem leader Ming Campbell has urged Britain to drop the so-called ‘Moscow criterion’ — which commits us to maintaining an independent nuclear deterrent capable of obliterating the Russian capital — in order to open up the possibilities of a more targeted, and cheaper, nuclear alternative to the renewal […]