LibLink: Jonathan Portes on wealth taxes & ensuring the ‘rich’ pay their fair share

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

Jonathan Portes, director of NIESR and former senior Treasury official, is not a Lib Dem — he recently contributed to LibDemVoice to critique the Coalition’s economic policy — but he is addicted to robust evidence. And the recent spate of right-wing commentators rubbishing the Lib Dems’ call for increased wealth taxes to help tackle the […]

Social media: is it curbing teenage rebels and road use? Bear with me on this one…

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

We all know social media is changing the way we view the world yadda yadda. But a couple of articles recently have led me to wonder quite how much and in what unexpected ways. The BBC’s Mark Easton poses a (…)

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5 quick thoughts on Ed Miliband’s speech

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

It was a good speech First, credit where it’s due. Ed Miliband’s speech was very well delivered. He looked and sounded more relaxed than usual, and to speak for over an hour without notes and barely a stumble is impressive. (…)

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The Daily Mail and Miriam: is this progress or not?

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

So, on the plus side, five days ago the Daily Mail billed her as “Miriam Clegg… the wife of Nick Clegg, who goes by her maiden name of Miriam Gonzalez Durantez”… whereas today she is allowed to be Miriam Gonzalez (…)

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New poll gives a boost to Lib Dems – but will it last?

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

An interesting poll from ComRes in today’s Independent appears to show a post-conference boost for the Lib Dems at the expense of Labour: LibDems get post-conference boost in latest ComRes poll: Lab 38% (-4%), Con 35% (n/c), LDs 15% (+3%), Others 12% (+1%) — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) October 1, 2012 As UKPollingReport’s Anthony Wells sensibly […]