What I told Eddie Mair about that Nick Clegg apology

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2012

Yeah, so that Nick Clegg video — the one I talked about yesterday and which has now gone viral — has attracted a fair degree of media attention. I showed up on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme today, alongside two (…)

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The last book I read in 100 words: The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2012

The Spanish Game, Charles Cumming Perhaps I’m just not a spy novel reader? After all, I tried Le Carré and found it dull. And now I’ve tried the author cited as his latter-day incarnation, and (I’m sorry) but I failed (…)

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All change at CentreForum think-tank

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2012

Three bits of news from the leading (only?) liberal think-tank, CentreForum… First a departure: chief economist Tim Leunig is leaving to to serve as Policy Adviser in the Department for Education. I detect David Laws’ hand in that decision. Tim (…)

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The pupil premium isn’t a quick-fix solution, it’s a long-haul policy

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2012

The pupil premium — additional cash targeted at the most disadvantaged children — is the policy of which Nick Clegg is proudest and with which he is most closely associated. The policy itself dates back to Julian le Grand in the 1980s (when it was touted as a progressive version of school vouchers) but it […]