My Day 3 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2012

My Day 3 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything

Storified by Stephen Tall · Mon, Sep 24 2012 23:53:28

Fringe #LDConf event about disengaging with Tories. Surprised by strength of support for coalition.Patrick Kingsley
Great to meet @isabelhardman @rafaelbehr @sundersays @adamcorlett @Tobbes73 among others @CentreForum reception.Stephen Tall
RT @kevin_maguire: Unpop admission: I like Nick Clegg. Disagree on much but no nasty side. Handled w/ good grace, humour tricky R4 interviewStephen Tall
‘The politics of disillusion: Steptoe and Son’ by @PolProfSteve http://bit.ly/QceSrl – how Harold & Albert both let down by their partiesStephen Tall
Hard to take srsly @allisterheath analysis which uses words "LDs hate anybody who earns a good wage" http://bit.ly/PeLBtbStephen Tall
"Heavy on secrecy and light on justice": Shami on Coalition’s justice & security bill http://bit.ly/PeMFx1Stephen Tall
A forensic display by Jackie Ashley of how to entirely miss the point of what Coalition means http://bit.ly/QchSnGStephen Tall
Simon Hughes: ‘I Don’t Have To Say The Government Is Wonderful Because I’m Not In The Govt’ http://huff.to/PeOFW2 Good intvw by @mehdirhasanStephen Tall
@AllisterHeath Its the msg folk will hear thru the media, I agree. But no room to mention income tax cuts for 22m that LDs have introduced?Stephen Tall
@AllisterHeath Older policy still new policy, £10k PA threshold not reached yet. Strategic aim to shift taxes from income -> wealth.Stephen Tall
.@dannyalexander, Lib Dem chief sect, moving #ldconf motion, defending Coalition’s policies as flexible and credible.Stephen Tall
@markpack @stephentall Lord Steel @CentreForum Baroness Thomas & @AndrewGeorgeLD on key Lib Dem priorities in House mag http://bit.ly/Sg1fU8Sam Macrory
.@dannyalexander urges #ldconf to reject amendment calling for de facto Plan B, "risks undoing all we’ve achieved in Govt to date".Stephen Tall
David Rendel, ex-LD Newbury MP, opposing whole motion from @dannyalexander. D’you know I voted for David to be leader back in 1999? #ldconfStephen Tall
Did I catch this right? Linda Jack on Clegg: "A Joshua leading us into the promised land to slay dragons of Beveridge" #mixedmetaphorawardStephen Tall
RT @britishfuture first few comments @libdemvoice shaping up as sensible discussion of immigration benefits & pressures http://bit.ly/OSSgYqStephen Tall
Impressive speech by Jo Swinson neatly squaring circle in defence of #ldconf motion backing current Lib Dem / Govt economic policy.Stephen Tall
Conference news snippets: mansion tax, Dilnot reforms, business bank and Green Deal #ldconf http://ldv.org.uk/30382 by @markpacklibdemvoice
Overwhelming #ldconf defeat of amendment against @dannyalexander’s policy motion. Combo of Farron/Webb/Swinson swung it.Stephen Tall
@Markfergusonuk key bit to delete ‘fiscal mandate’ from line "Govt to do everything poss to stim growth within fiscal mandate"Stephen Tall
Vince Cable’s speech to conference #ldconf http://ldv.org.uk/30383 by @markpacklibdemvoice
David Laws recalls first #ldconf in ’94 when Liz Truss moved motion to abolish monarchy. Both now in Dept for Eductn as ministers.Stephen Tall
David Laws pays tribute to London councils for role in improving state schools over last decade so some of best in country now.Stephen Tall
Laws: we need local mediating tier in eductn "of some type" to 1) support prim schools 2) DfE cannot do job 3) lead schools improvement.Stephen Tall
.@benatipsosmori says Lib Dem vote in 2015 will be bigger than current poll ratings #ldconfJohn Ashmore
New from me > Andrew Mitchell’s failed apology: what he should have said http://bit.ly/SpLy2cStephen Tall
Cable’s speech, "the opening bid in the coalition negotiations for 2015" – my summary and analysis – http://bit.ly/PfuRSxAndrewSparrow
New from me > What should the Liberal Democrats focus on in the next year? (Stephen Tall) http://bit.ly/SNyEWUStephen Tall
Ha! Yes let’s laugh at folks’ physical appearance! RT @danhannanmep: 1 picture as Cleggie might put it worth 1000 words http://twitpic.com/axvpezStephen Tall
Many thx to @iaindale and @Brivatibrian for mistakenly making me 41st most influential LibDem in their Telegraph list http://bit.ly/QdvzCFStephen Tall
Oh lawks we’re on to the bafflingly silly national 20mph limit policy at #ldconf to be imposed on local councils. Why do we do these things?Stephen Tall
So after a 35 min debate, #ldconf has endorsed 20mph zones but said we shd leave it to councils to decide #asyouwereStephen Tall
Any chance you’ll convince George? RT @timmontgomerie "Tax on wealth true to Tory principles" excellnt frm @JananGanesh http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/761140b4-0630-11e2-bd29-00144feabdc0.html#axzz27MdlNWucStephen Tall
Interesting stuff via @markreckons > Mark Thompson: Interview with Nick Clegg – Part One http://bit.ly/QdQ7uXStephen Tall
RT @centreforum: Our #LiberalHero today is… Vince Cable! #LibDems #ldconfStephen Tall
.@jdportes Quick Q – arg I hear from LibDem ministers is that Coalition stuck to Lab’s capex cuts. Sure I saw graph said that wasn’t so…?Stephen Tall
@stephentall broadly true I think. Doesn’t change economics – v. sharp, unnecessary cuts in capex were clearly mistake, whoever you blame.Jonathan Portes
. @stephentall More detail here: http://notthetreasuryview.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/weve-got-deficit-down-by-quarter-if.html Makes clear was prev. govt plan: mistake was sticking to it, esp given events since.Jonathan Portes
Work + #ldconf abt to collide as I go to dinner with @teseditorStephen Tall
Telegraph’s annual list of 50 most influential Liberal Democrats is out… http://bit.ly/ULj0zw < Blog by meMark Pack
New from me > LDVideo: Nick Clegg Entschuldigt Sich http://bit.ly/VyPPPDStephen Tall