Your Saturday morning reader – 8 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 6, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices…

5 Years On: The Election That Never Was Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s former spinner-in-chief whose must-read blog is essentially a memoir-by-instalments, recalls the week in 2007 that turned the new Prime Minister from hero to zero.

Jimmy Savile: The birth of a paedophile hoax on “Have I Got News For You” John Fleming recounts the curious tale of how some invented, ‘censored’ scenes achieved such wide currency on the internet, eerily anticipating the past week’s revelations.

A speech that, thankfully, will not be made Hopi Sen, the most thoughtful Labour blogger around, channels what David Cameron’s speech-writers ought to be crafting for him into an astonishingly effective speech.

Free schools: the research lab of state education? Toby Young may be a right-wing agitprop pundit on many issues, but in founding the West London Free School he’s had to get serious, and I challenge anyone not to be impressed by his passion for the life-changing potential of education.

Hostage to Catalonia G.T. of The Economist shows it’s not just Scotland which is beginning to think through the implications of separation, so too is Catalonia — including what it might mean for its mighty, all-conquering Barcelona football team.

Debunking the Myths Around School Choice educational researcher Lee Elliot Major charts his personal journey of shopping around for the best school for his child before concluding it matters a whole lot less than you might think.

David Cameron’s inflexible, Thatcherite party is being exploited by Ed Miliband Conservative historian Tim Bale reckons the death of the progressive, “one-nation”, Tories who dominated the party from the 1950-70s has created a sweet spot for Labour to occupy.

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #16 find out why I anointed Labour’s Stephen Twigg and former Tory party deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft my liberal heroes this week.

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum, and also writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.