This week’s CentreForum ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #2 (as chosen by me) – Michael Gove

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Cross-posted from CentreForum… Welcome to the second 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.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public (…)

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I agree with Jonathan Calder: why are the Lib Dems so conservative?

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Jonathan Calder has a typically thought-provoking post on his blog — Education: When did Kenneth Baker become a Liberal hero? — responding to Michael Gove’s leaked proposals to abolish GCSEs and re-introduce O-levels. Here’s his conclusion: I have seen little (…)

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What are exams for? Okay, you can turn over your paper now…

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Last weekend, I sat a GCSE ‘mock’ exam. I haven’t had my mark back yet, but I think I did okay. Of course, this was just the foundation tier exam so even if I score top marks the maximum grade (…)

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LDVideo: Jeremy Browne “reserves his position” on the Government’s Euro 2012 boycott

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

When is a boycott not a boycott? When England confounds expectations by playing well. That appears to be the more-than-a-little confusing Government message during the Euro 2012 football championships being held in Ukraine, where there are continuing concerns about its ‘selective justice’ system. No government minister has attended a match yet, and that boycott will […]

Peter Kellner’s advice to the Lib Dems: ditch boundary changes, and get a new leader before 2015

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2012

Chairman of polling firm YouGov, Peter Kellner, has a must-read article over at his firm’s site analysing the big challenges facing the Lib Dems at the next election. I know some Lib Dems might baulk at reading it: Mr Kellner, husband of Labour peer Baroness Ashton, is a self-declared non-Lib Dem, and YouGov’s daily polling […]

The 5 myths about the UK economy which it suits everyone to perpetuate

by Stephen Tall on June 18, 2012

The economy is the big issue: it was at the last general election, it has dominated and will dominate this parliament, and it will be the big issue at the 2015 general election. Yet trying to get behind the political rhetoric to discover the economic reality is surprisingly tricky. The purpose of this post is […]

Mandatory work: if we believe in evidence-based policy it’s probably best to pay attention to the evidence

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2012

Four months ago, when the political row over ‘workfare’ was at its peak, I wrote here on LibDemVoice that liberals needed to progress the debate beyond ‘the simple and simplistic ‘left/right’ attitudes currently on display, and start grappling with how best we can empower the individual to make the best of their own lives — […]

LDV Caption Competition: Clegg at Leveson “Through the glasses darkly” Edition

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg appearing at the Leveson Inquiry this week. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about him? And the winner of our last caption comp is… Some […]

57% Lib Dem members say ‘Yes’ to London 2012

by Stephen Tall on June 16, 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. It’s just 41 days until the London 2012 Olympics starts, so we tested the view of our sample […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #1 – Matthew Parris

by Stephen Tall on June 14, 2012

Welcome to the first 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.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. […]