Making work pay – how taxes should work better for the ‘squeezed middle’

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2012

The Resolution Foundation helped give birth to the phrase ‘squeezed middle’: that group of low-income individuals and families just above the threshold to qualify for most welfare help, but only just able to make ends meet, and always in danger of slipping back into poverty. Today they’ve published a report written by Paul Johnson, Director […]

In other news… Lib Dem police commissioner candidates, Lady Steel’s pink jaguar tattoo, & other stories

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Nick O’Shea named as Lib Dem Surrey Crime Commissioner candidate (BBC News) Nick O’Shea is a businessman and former Mole Valley District Councillor. … Commissioners, to be elected in England and Wales in November, will oversee the […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #7 – Danny Boyle

by Stephen Tall on July 29, 2012

Welcome to the seventh in our series — 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, personal, political and social liberalism. […]

My debut on HuffPo: ‘Vince Cable Leading the Lib Dems? Is It Time for Plan V?’

by Stephen Tall on July 29, 2012

Over at the Huffington Post UK, I’ve written a post looking at Vince Cable’s credentials to lead the Lib Dems. My conclusion? Not convinced, though if this were a rational world he’d be a shoo-in for Chancellor… Lots of politicians (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Vince Cable Leading the Lib Dems? Is It Time for Plan V?

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2012

Lots of politicians have 20:20 hindsight. Foresight, however, is generally in shorter supply, which explains why Vince Cable is being acclaimed once again, tipped at the age of 69 both as a potential successor to either the 40-something George Osborne as Chancellor and/or the 40-something Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader.

“We’re not in recession”. And no, that’s not the claim of anyone in the Coalition.

by Stephen Tall on July 26, 2012

Hamish McRae, an economist and associate editor of The Independent, has been claiming for some while now that the official figures aren’t reflecting the reality of the economy. A week ago, he made the bold statement that the UK is not in recession: The British economy is becoming more and more interesting. This week [ie, […]

Daily Mirror: ‘Time for Plan V’ (aka ‘Vince for Chancellor’)

by Stephen Tall on July 26, 2012

The front page of this morning’s Mirror newspaper may bring a smile to the face even of that most sober of politicians, Vince Cable: The reality is of course that there’s next-to-no chance that David Cameron will reshuffle his long-standing political friend from the Treasury — and, even if he did, the Tory party would […]

As economy shrinks again, Oakeshott calls for Osborne to be moved to make way for “our A team at the treasury”

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2012

Here’s how The Guardian reports the call by Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott for George Osborne to be moved from Number 11 in the wake of today’s fresh dire news on the economy: A senior Liberal Democrat peer has called on George Osborne to be sacked as the chancellor continued to insist the government was on the […]

Sticking up for David Gauke and his tax-avoidance comments

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2012

David Gauke, the exchequer secretary to the treasury, is a Conservative minister I’m quite happy to stick up for. He’s in the headlines this morning for an interview he gave to the Telegraph in which he states it is “morally wrong” to pay cash-in-hand to get a nod-and-a-wink no-tax discount: “Getting a discount with your […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Villains of the Month’ – July 2012 – Theresa May & Lord (Sebastian) Coe

by Stephen Tall on July 23, 2012

Welcome to the first in our series — Liberal Villain of the Month — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Each week we select a ‘Liberal Hero’, showcasing public figures who — regardless of party affiliation — help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange […]