Revealed: What Lib Dem members think of Ed Miliband and David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2012

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 560 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Miliband surges to -43%, best rating yet among Lib Dems LDV asked: Do you think Ed Miliband is […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #3 – HM The Queen

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2012

Welcome to the third in a new series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #3 – HM The Queen

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2012

Welcome to the third in a new series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, […]

Is 75% of the Coalition Agreement drawn from the Lib Dem manifesto? Alas, no…

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2012

One of the key justifications for Lib Dem involvement in the Coalition — one which has comforted many party members through the first two difficult years of being the junior partner in government with the Conservatives — has been the finding that 75% of the Lib Dem manifesto appeared in the Programme for Government (commonly […]

Lords reform: did we really expect any better of either the Tories or Labour?

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2012

All three main political parties fought the 2010 election promising the electorate that, if elected, they would reform the House of Lords. All three promised the same in 2005, too. And 2001. Yet in 2012 only one party is staying true to that promise: the Lib Dems. The Tories and Labour, in contrast, are happily […]

Are GCSEs getting easier? Three quick thoughts & a Mount Everest metaphor…

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2012

My anointing of Michael Gove as CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ triggered a few responses, a handful of them positive. One of the most interesting responses was posted by LonWon on his Hoping for more than Slogans blog, in (…)

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David Laws: let’s cut taxes and spending. For once, I’m unconvinced. Here’s why…

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2012

David Laws has earned himself a generous write-up in today’s Telegraph, with the paper which triggered his resignation from the cabinet two years ago hailing his ‘radical vision of a liberal state’, and lamenting with crocodile tears that his downfall was ‘a great loss to the Cabinet’. The cause is an interview David has given […]

Clegg to embark on summer ‘bring on the hatred’ tour

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2012

Nick Clegg certainly isn’t one to shy away from voters, even at a time when the Lib Dems, he personally, and the government he’s part of are all suffering from unpopularity. Ever since Nick became leader he’s placed a premium on direct voter contact through his ‘town hall’ meetings. It was a smart strategy which […]

LDV Caption Competition: Nick Harvey “Pleased to see me?” Edition

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Lib Dem defence minister Nick Harvey ensuring British troops are tooled-up. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about him? And the winner of our last caption comp is… Some fantastic […]

Danny Alexander: pay tax as I say not as I do?

by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2012

Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander wrote a powerful article — Rich tax dodgers are as bad as dole cheats — for this week’s Sun newspaper. His condemnation of those, such as Jimmy Carr, who legally avoid paying their taxes couldn’t have been stronger: … to most people it’s outrageous that a […]