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The Tory politician who just escaped being this week's Liberal Villain | Stephen Tall

The Tory politician who just escaped being this week’s Liberal Villain

by Stephen Tall on January 11, 2013

I’m pretty rubbish at choosing Liberal Villains for my CentreForum series. I think I’ve chosen three in six months. I generally prefer to say “Well done, good on you” than “You failed, you illiberal bit of evil”.

That’s probably why today I ended up blogging about two folks practising liberalism (in very different ways) rather than one person setting it back.

But I hope this tweet needs little further explanation why Chris Grayling would have been my nominee as Liberal Villain of the Week if I had the time to write it…

Personally I prefer evidence-based policy. Even policy-based evidence would be better than nothing. But cross-your-fingers-and-hope-for-the-best-based-policy is about as bad as it gets.

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