Leveson, the morning after the Report before: what Lib Dem bloggers say

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Caron Lindsay blogged about Nick Clegg’s Commons statement here on LibDemVoice: Nick Clegg: We won’t find better solution than Leveson’s. Here’s a quick round-up of other reaction so far from Lib Dem bloggers to Lord Justice Leveson’s report on media standards… Contributors split on broadly pro/anti-Leveson Report lines. Let’s start with the pro-Leveson bloggers: Shock [...]

Lib Dems to back independent regulator for Twitter users underpinned by statute

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Well, why not? After all, we’ve clearly seen in the last couple of years the potential for the Big Beasts of Twitter to trample on the lives of the innocent. Their thoughtless breaches of individuals’ rights and privacy have been (…)

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Liberal Heroes of the Week #23: John Kampfner, Nick Cohen & Fraser Nelson

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Welcome to the 23rd in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from [...]

Why is it left to the Tory leader to stick up for a liberal principle: a free press

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2012

So far I’ve had chance only to skim the summaries of the Leveson Report. But from what I’ve read I find myself agreeing far more with David Cameron’s measured response than with Nick Clegg’s. Two principles are crucial to me (…)

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Speaking against secret courts – and in praise of Lord Strasburger

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2012

I was a guest this week on Voice of Russia radio to discuss the issue of secret courts. (Like almost all Lib Dems, I’m opposed to them.) You can hear the discussion here: The British Government wants to introduce Closed (…)

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Whatever the Leveson Report recommends, it’s worth remembering the value of the Leveson Inquiry

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2012

I’m as clueless as anyone else at the moment about what Lord Justice Leveson will recommend in his report, to be published tomorrow, on press standards in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. I’ve said already I oppose any form of state regulation which would allow the government of the day, whether explicitly or (far [...]

John Kampfner on Leveson: ‘A raucous, argumentative society is a healthy society.’

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2012

I’ve already half-nailed my colours to the mast on Leveson. First, I am opposed to any form of state regulation of the press. Secondly, to those who argue that ‘state underpinning of en independent regulator’ is entirely different, I’m eager (…)

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‘How is it that MPs who think they are the voice of the people always make the people sound so boorish?’

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2012

As I tweeted last night: Chris Patten pwns Philip Davies here RT @gdnpolitics: A duel of two Tories turns on Patten put-down for a pit bull bit.ly/TkjXf9 — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) November 27, 2012 Simon Hoggart’s sketch — which is (…)

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Two (belated) lessons from the PCC elections – important for political parties and media alike

by Stephen Tall on November 27, 2012

A very interesting post-election analysis from The House’s Mark Gettleson over at PoliticsHome emphasises two important points — one predictable, the other more surprising — arising from the Police and Crime Commissioner ballots… First the important-but-predictable point — differential turnout (…)

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Who gets what from the EU Budget

by Stephen Tall on November 26, 2012

A very handy graph from The Economist, showing how well/badly the EU’s nation states do out of the budget process — and also showing the impact of the rebates received by Britain and others:



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