Any chance we can vote in an evidence-based electorate?

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

The 29th British Social Attitudes report has been published today by NatCen Social Research and is freely available to read here. I’ve had chance only to read the topline summary which is fascinating: This year, the survey reflects an anxious (…)

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Two must-read articles for Lib Dems (and three you can happily ignore)

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

In pre-Coalition days, party conference time was pretty much the only time of year the Lib Dems were ever talked about in the media. These annual op-eds usually revealed a complete lack of understanding of the party, its membership, their (…)

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Why it’s time to start buying shares again in George Osborne’s political stock

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

“Buy low, sell high” — the most important investing principle and the hardest to judge. So here’s my risky punt: time to buy shares in George Osborne. And here are my three reasons for doing so: 1) His stock can’t (…)

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The last book I read in 100 words: Pure by Andrew Miller

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

Pure, Andrew Miller Historical fiction is back and it’s big. Brought up on Jean Plaidy, I couldn’t be happier. Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall slay the Booker two years ago and Andrew Miller took the Costa last year for this novel, (…)

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Clegg and Gove show united front on plan to overhaul GCSEs

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

Nick Clegg and Michael Gove will today present a carefully joined up front as they present proposals to overhaul GCSEs. In June, the two clashed after the education secretary let slip his desire to return to O-levels, swiftly dubbed ‘Gove-levels’. The Lib Dem leader immediately dismissing any notion of a return to a two-tier system […]