My Day 4 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2012

My Day 4 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything

Storified by Stephen Tall · Tue, Sep 25 2012 17:16:44

Ready to speak to LBC Radio about Vince Cable’s "aphrodisiac" comments alongside who else but… Peter Bone. #cuprunnethoverStephen Tall
Just had the joy of suggesting Peter Bone is politically correct for taking professional offence at Vince’s "aphrodisiac" comments.Stephen Tall
RT @icmresearch: Latest ICM/Sunday Telegraph #wisdom index puts Lib Dems on 18%, Con 31% & Lab 37% http://ow.ly/dWi3k http://ow.ly/dWi42Stephen Tall
Media coverage of Nick Clegg Says I’m Sorry (the Autotune Remix) http://ldv.org.uk/30400 by @paulwalteruklibdemvoice
RT @markpack: Likely #ldconf flashpoint today – secret courts bill. Leadership may well be defeated – esp as Ashdown opposes their amendmentlibdemvoice
New from me > Civil liberties under the coalition – Shami, Ming & John Kampfner discuss at #ldconf 1pm TODAY http://bit.ly/PUGsY8Stephen Tall
Stephen Tall: The Lib Dem Conference That Didn’t Bark http://huff.to/Qhczn3 < my #ldconf postcard from Brighton for @HuffPostUKStephen Tall
What role do think tanks play in Lib Dem policy? – Channel 4 News http://bit.ly/Tsk5P5 < In which I talk about @centreforumMark Pack
That leaked campaign document which isn’t really a leaked campaign document http://ldv.org.uk/30414 by @markpacklibdemvoice
New from me > The Lib Dem Conference That Didn’t Bark http://bit.ly/ORFAXFStephen Tall
. @stephentall introducing our civil liberties event #ldconf http://pic.twitter.com/VdTKKohCLiberal Reform
New from me > So I’ve charted higher than Ming or Nick, I see http://bit.ly/VB4YQEStephen Tall
.@stephentall has some excellent arguments against national pay settlements, and for local (not regional) pay. #ldconf http://www.libdemvoice.org/national-pay-rates-27660.htmlLiberal Reform
New from me > Paddy on the Coalition, joining the party & that Sun headline http://bit.ly/Re8y21Stephen Tall
Justice and security bill debate. Good to see LD members pushing back on secrecy #libdemconf #yourvoteJRRT
‘I’m a PLEB!’ The must-have badges which Lib Dems are wearing to distance themselves from foul-mouthed Tories http://bit.ly/PDCiEfMatt Chorley
.@_JoShaw, opposing secret courts, says Kafka was a warning not a manual. #ldconfStephen Tall
The #ldconf clapometer tells me there’s not a cat in hell’s chance of party members accepting ‘secret courts’.Stephen Tall
There are good pts on both sides here. Am opposed to secret courts but not convinced by reliance on PII certificates. #ldconfStephen Tall
Indeed "@patrickwintour: Whatever result on secret courts debate, the LibDems shd be proud of quality of conference speeches on both sides."Stephen Tall
This #ldconf debate on secret courts show that if LibDems did not exist we would have to invent a party that does stick up for civil libs.Stephen Tall
In @libdemvoice office :) "@SebastianEPayne: Steve Coogan, Evan Harris + @hackinginquiry gang after Clegg mtng #ldconf http://pic.twitter.com/7yDQMHWJ"Stephen Tall
Worth remembering on secret courts: "you shouldn’t trust any government, actually including this one" – Nick Clegg #… http://bit.ly/QCsvx5Alan Muhammed
Good speech by @julianhuppert Suspect this Bill *could* be better. But didn’t counter principle that party policy shd aim for best #ldconfStephen Tall
Lib Dem members vote overwhelmingly (+90%?) to oppose secret courts. #ldconfStephen Tall
@samuelbarratt My clapometer underestimated opposition (LibDems also applaud out of politeness)Stephen Tall
Secret courts plan receives blow at Lib Dem conference http://bit.ly/P1BDdcGuardian politics
Furry pic from back of HackedOff fringe w/ Steve Coogan, Evan Harris et al. Not standing rm only, just closer to wine http://pic.twitter.com/oNkX5nfaStephen Tall
Ironically media are worst-behaved corner of room at HackedOff fringe, whispering loudly throughout. #ldconfStephen Tall
Ah, so turns out it was Allegra Stratton loudly whispering throughout HackedOff fringe. #nameandshameStephen Tall
Cool… RT @paulwaugh: PolHome TweetUp. Exc 5min clip of new series of @UKTV’s Yes, Prime Minister. Hilton, Ambassadr 21.45 #ldconfStephen Tall
Let battle commence… RT @liberal_reform: Evan and Toby are in the house! Starting in 6 mins #schoolsdebate #LDconfStephen Tall
Great speech, Jo > RT @_joshaw: Very pleased that #ldconf said #no2secretcourts – now relaxing!Stephen Tall
.@toadmeister (Toby Young, founder W London Free Sch): we have Ham+Ful borough avg for FSM children (c.28%). #schoolsdebateStephen Tall
Full transcript of Ed Davey’s interview with Gary Gibbon. As ever, the early life is unexpected & interesting http://www.channel4.com/media/c4-news/pdf/Ed%20DaveyTranscript.pdfJohn Rentoul
Excellent analysis RT @stephentall: New from me > The Lib Dem Conference That Didn’t Bark http://bit.ly/QRFUBRJeremy Hargreaves
Evan Harris spending lots of time saying free schools aren’t LD policy; waiting for him to start saying why they’re not liberal. #ldconfStephen Tall
Lovely story, when Liam Fox went, Nick Harvey MP briefly in charge MoD, perm sec asked what he wanted to do, Nick said Get Rid of Trident!Frances Crook
Evan Harris applauds Toby Young’s admissions policy of direct catchment + lottery. Evan quite right to say lotteries much fairer btw.Stephen Tall
Much more impressed by Toby Young than I expected from his Twitter output: fluent, rational, interested. On schools at any rate.Stephen Tall
Genuinely weirded out that Evan actually said: what is liberal = current LibDem policy. Logic of that is we can never change party policy.Stephen Tall
@Adrian_England :) I like idea Evan will amend his liberalism in line with whatever current LD policy is.Stephen Tall
Excellent @liberal_reform head-to-head debate between @toadmeister & @DrEvanHarris on schools http://pic.twitter.com/DORpNmdFStephen Tall
.@paulwaugh speaking at the #ldconf PoliticsHome tweet-up #phtweetup http://pic.twitter.com/8sjFaK3JStephen Tall
.@isabeloakeshott @gabyhinsliff Glee Club is the LibDem conference equivalent of the Germans watching Dinner for One.Stephen Tall
Skipped Glee Club as early start back to work tomorrow. That’s my excuse anyway. So farewell then #ldconf. Been a blast, or something.Stephen Tall