Ed Davey shows other Lib Dem ministers how to put forward a savvy argument within Coalition

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

I was very struck, reading Ed Davey’s interview with The Guardian this weekend, how he chose to describe the deal-making process between the two Coalition parties over the energy bill: Davey admits that the failure to secure a decarbonisation target (…)

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Nick Clegg’s fourth Letter from the Leader: “The only way out of the housing crisis is to build our way out.”

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

Here’s Nick Clegg’s latest missive to Lib Dem members and supporters — this week focusing on his efforts to get Britain building again to help those households in need of decent, affordable housing… I’m writing this as we come to the end of an incredibly hectic week in politics. The negotiations over the budget in […]

As Leveson reports… Why I’m sticking up for ‘Press freedom with no buts’

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2012

Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal will report this week. His recommendations on the future of press regulation are the subject of intense speculation, with essentially three positions being staked-out: What’s being proposed ‘Independent regulation backed up by statute’ Advocates, who include Evan Harris and the Hacked Off campaign group, argue that the […]

Reasons for Lib Dem cheer — as told by Labour and Tory supporters

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

Just two things from me: 1) Anyone trying to forecast how the Lib Dems will do in 2015 based on extrapolating mid-term opinion polls on the basis of uniform national swing is likely to be as wrong as they would have been at every general election in modern history. 2) My confident forecast for 2015 […]

Lords reform is dead! Long live, erm, a bloated, ineffective, undemocratic Lords!

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

The Guardian reports today that dozens of new life peers are to be appointed to the House of Lords: Political parties are preparing to draw up lists for dozens of new appointments to the House of Lords in a move that will reignite controversy over creating peers just months after the collapse of legislation to […]

Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013 – The Economist‘s annual list of the top quality-of-life countries: ‘Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions […]

A little bit about my job. A whole lot more about the importance of evidence-based policy and RCTs.

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2012

A rare work-focused post follows… It’s been almost a year since I started a new job, working at the Education Endowment Foundation. It’s a new grant-making charity, a rare combination of a start-up with money (you can normally be one (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #22: Chris Skidmore MP

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2012

Welcome to the 22nd 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 […]

What did George Osborne agree to do that Nick Clegg refused to do?

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2012

(You can like and share this graphic via LibDemVoice’s Facebook page by clicking here.) Compare and contrast: This… Nick Clegg gives house sale profits to taxpayer Nick Clegg has sold his constituency home, giving almost £40,000 in profits to the taxpayer. The deputy prime minister is now renting a two-bedroom flat, having received £325,000 for […]

Lib Dem peers help inflict defeats on Government in Lords over secret courts plans

by Stephen Tall on November 21, 2012

On Sunday we reported that Lib Dem members were none-too-impressed with the Government’s plans for secret courts. This morning we reported that 172 Lib Dems had written to The Times to protest. This evening the Lib Dem battle found its voice in the House of Lords, as the Guardian reports: Government proposals to expand secret […]