Your essential Easter weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2013

It’s Sunday afternoon, so here are a baker’s dozen of thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices, culled from all those I’ve linked to this past fortnight. You can follow me on Delicious here. Even Britain has now abandoned austerity – Anatole Kaletsky highlights the abandonment of Plan A: “While Osborne repeated his mantra that […]

Benefits, back-to-work and the unemployed: what Lib Dem members think

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2013

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 650 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 70% say: withdraw unemployment benefits IF job offers refused without ‘good reason’ In principle, do you […]

Today’s Link-Love: March 31, 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Mandelson’s attack on Labour’s economic policy in full | Westminster blog Missed this by @kiranstacey at time. Interesting, esp final part > Mandelson’s attack on Labour’s economic policy http://on.ft.com/16aNiP4 BBC News – (…)

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Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Happy Easter”

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2013

Nick Clegg’s latest letter to supporters wishes us all the very best for a relaxing Easter holiday. He’s off on a family break visiting his parents — or “holidaying at a millionaires’ ­playground” if you prefer the Mirror‘s styling. My Co-Editor Caron Lindsay has written a reply highlighting the many and various ways Lib Dem […]

Is Ed Miliband preparing to junk his promise to cap tuition fees at £6,000?

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2013

An interesting snippet from today’s LabourList interview with Ed Miliband. On the subject of tuition fees, here’s what the Labour leader has to say: “We’re definitely looking at [a graduate tax]. I think there’s been some work going on at (…)

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Today’s Link-Love: March 30, 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Tim Harford — Article — Budget 2013: Five ways to fix our national joke Final one from Tim Harford (for today) » Budget 2013: Five ways to fix our national joke http://bit.ly/YZwRRx (…)

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The Rennard allegations: what Lib Dem members think about how the party and press handled them

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2013

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 650 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 55% say: party handed it badly, now doing right thing Lord Rennard has been accused of […]

A reply to Dan Hodges: why it’s not surprising some Tories aren’t bothered about winning in 2015

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2013

The Telegraph’s token Labour blogger Dan Hodges has a typically punchy post today – Do the Tories actually want to win in 2015? – highlighting the fatalism of some Tory MPs who think victory next time is possible but not worth it: Hardly worth it? What, just managing to scrape a win at the next […]

Today’s Link-Love: March 29, 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… "The end of the NHS as we know it"? A guide to the Health and Social Care Act | Full Fact FullFact’s guide to the NHS Bill » “The end of the (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #33: Bishop of Dudley, David Walker

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If they stick up […]