Why we shouldn’t ban political ads on TV

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2012

I was on the panel for Voice of Russia’s debate yesterday on whether political advertising on TV in the UK should continue to be banned. The debate’s been re-triggered following a legal challenge from Animal Defenders International, an animal rights (…)

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CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #12 – Bernard Jenkin MP (PS: he’s also our Liberal Villain #2)

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2012

Welcome to the twelfth 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. […]

What to do if your London2012 email tickets don’t arrive

by Stephen Tall on August 30, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I managed to buy two cheap-seat tickets to tonight’s Paralympic wheelchair basketball session at the O2 North Greenwich Arena. Hurray! I reckoned it would be easier to collect the tickets than have the worry they (…)

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In other news… Teather on pupil premium, State of play for Welsh Lib Dems & other stories

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Teather: Pupil premium ‘changing the way schools think’ (BBC) The Liberal Democrat MP and minister at the Department of Education Sarah Teather, said the policy is about “changing the whole way schools think”. Speaking to The World […]

Remember the teacher who said ‘Sometimes ambitious children need to slow down’? Here’s what happened next…

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2012

Six months ago, a brief spasm of furore erupted following an article published in the TES by Jonny Griffiths, a maths teacher at Paston College in Norfolk. As I noted in this post at the time, it ‘appear[ed] to show (…)

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Reshuffle round-up: it looks like good news for Swinson & Laws

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2012

There’s been plenty of reshuffle chit-chat overt the past few weeks, much of it speculative. However, the Sunday papers appears to included some pretty well-sourced information which went beyond the usual space-filling ‘who knows?’, and appears to suggest good news for both Jo Swinson and David Laws — both of whom enjoyed strong support in […]

How you can take part in LibDemVoice’s exclusive party member surveys

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2012

LibDemVoice’s surveys of party members signed-up to our discussion forum have been running for over three years now. (I posted yesterday the final set of figures from our most recent poll.) Our surveys are a way of testing members’ views on a variety of hot topics. And as they’ve been running throughout the first two […]

Measuring what Lib Dem members think the party is achieving in Coalition

by Stephen Tall on August 26, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’ve been publishing the full results. This is the final part. Party members give Lib Dems 7 out of 10 for […]

LibLink: Anthony Wells ‘On that poll of Lib Dem members ‘

by Stephen Tall on August 25, 2012

As my LibDemVoice colleague Caron Lindsay noted here, our poll asking when Lib Dem members want Nick Clegg to stand down has attracted a fair bit of coverage this week (including in the Daily Mail: I’ve showered three times since reading it, I still feel unclean). Over at his essential UK Polling Report blog, the […]

Three interesting reads for the weekend: on the Lib Dem mission, campaigning and Coalition

by Stephen Tall on August 25, 2012

Here are three articles about the Lib Dems well worth a read this Bank Holiday weekend… Enjoy! The Lib Dems don’t need a new leader. They need a point (Ian Birrell) After two torrid years in office, a fundamental question hangs heavy over the Liberal Democrats: what is the point of them these days? The […]