So you like evidence-based policy? Here’s a couple of crucial things to remember…

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2012

Evidence-based policy. How could anyone doubt its importance? Well, not me for a start. One of the good things about being signed-up to a liberal ideology is that a rational-sceptical outlook — a determination to look beyond gut instinct and (…)

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The arrival of the Coalition mid-term review is unavoidably delayed

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

An intriguing snippet from tonight’s Evening Standard, buried away on page 10… So the much-vaunted Coalition 2.0 re-boot, originally scheduled for this autumn is being pushed back to 2013. Which makes it not really a mid-term review any more. As (…)

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Things only a Lib Dem Chief Whip would say…

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

(One of just many quotable moments lifted from this filleted interview.)

“Liberalism shouldn’t be about the safe option, it should always be a risky thing to take on.” Alistair Carmichael on life in the Coalition as Lib Dem chief whip

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

There’s a terrific interview with Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael in this month’s Total Politics magazine, in which he gives a typically candid view on what life is like as within the Coalition — and how the Lib Dem whipping operation differs from Labour’s and the Tories’. Here’s a few excerpts: “I would say [...]

Trident: it’s déjà vu all over again

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

The latest flurry of excitement about the Trident nuclear deterrent — as the Daily Mail puts it with typical tabloid restraint: Tories and LibDems at war over contract to build Trident sub: £350m deal is jumping the gun, warns Clegg — is one of those stories which pops up twice a year. The last time [...]

6 months on from the Charity Tax U-turn – time for an injection of evidence into the debate

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

It’s six months since the Coalition Government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over the ‘Charity Tax’ — you can read my post mortem article on that instalment of the omnishambles here — and I want to return to it (…)

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A headline I didn’t expect ever to write: Tory right-wing calls for affirmative action in public sector

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

I did a bit of a double-take on reading Fraser Nelson’s latest column in the Telegraph complaining that David Cameron has been ‘strikingly relaxed’ about appointments to government-funded bodies. ‘His allies say that he has been too much of a gentleman to play Labour’s game and start stuffing quangos with Tory placemen,’ says Fraser, whose [...]

Giving power to local communities – much too important to be left to Nick Clegg or Parliament

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2012

Like my LDV colleague, Paul Walter, it was good to hear Nick Clegg’s announcement that he intends to give more economic powers to up to 20 cities and major towns. After all, if there’s one thing that unites Lib Dems it’s the belief in devolving power to the most local level possible. And yet there [...]

Mark Pack helps Lib Dems press the party’s buttons

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2012

My thanks and congratulations to Mark Pack for resurrecting the automatically updated campaign buttons which can now adorn Lib Dem websites — you can see what they look like for yourselves by casting your eyes rightwards on this page. As (…)

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In other news… Nick talks Dutch, Farron’s footie boycott, Hemming’s whistleblower charter & more

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Nick Clegg insists on speaking Dutch at Cabinet Office meeting (Telegraph) Nick Clegg, who speaks five languages fluently, chose to conduct a recent meeting at the Cabinet Office with Herman Van Rompuy, the European Council president, entirely [...]



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