In other news… Thurso on banking, Ward on immigration, Swales on G4S & other stories

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… John Thurso MP to lead banking inquiry (John O’Groat Journal) CAITHNESS, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP John Thurso has been elected to lead an inquiry into how the banking system is run. The Lib Dem politician has […]

How Jeremy Thorpe (and then Nick Clegg) broke the electoral system

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2012

Democratic Audit this week published its latest analysis, its depressing conclusions summed up by The Guardian’s headline British democracy in terminal decline. A fascinating aspect of the Audit, even for those of us still scarred by the rejection of electoral reform in the 2011 referendum, is its detailed dissection of how the First-Past-The-Post system is […]

Andrew Rawnsley’s must-read article on the state of the Coalition in 12 tweets

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2012

The Observer’s Andrew Rawnsley has a must-read article today examining the state of the Coalition, highlighting the contrast between the Lib Dems stalwart support of the government and Tory MPs’ flakiness. Equally, echoing my post today on why it’s more (…)

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Why the Lib Dems cannot end the Coalition. And what we should do to try and rescue it.

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2012

How do we revitalise the Coalition? I realise that for many Lib Dems that’s the very last question on your minds. After a week in which Tory rebel MPs forced the Government to delay a key plank of the Coalition Agreement — House of Lords reform — rather more Lib Dems, and not just the […]