Liberal Heroes of the Week #32: Index on Censorship & Jonathan Dimbleby. (The Villains are Cameron, Clegg and Miliband)

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 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 […]

Nick Clegg’s illiberal hat-trick: now immigration joins ‘secret courts’ and media regulation on the pyre

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2013

Today Nick Clegg made a speech on immigration. He was due to deliver it in February but decided to delay it until after the Eastleigh by-election: I guess it wasn’t an issue he wanted to stir-up for Ukip’s benefit. Or perhaps he realised that his position would be as well-received by many activists as a […]

Vince Cable wins “Quote of the Day”

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2013

Asked in The House magazine about the Tories’ commitment to reduce net immigration to ‘tens of thousands’ a year, Vince sagely replies: “It’s not something Government [can deliver]… when you think about the logic of it: net immigration means reducing (…)

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Press regulation: freedom from intrusion vs freedom of expression

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2013

First the (right-wing) Spectator. The the (left-wing) New Statesman. Now the (market liberal) Economist has joined the list of magazines saying that state-backed regulation of the press is something up with which they will not put. Here’s its conclusion: it (…)

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Today’s Link-Love: March 22, 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Not the Treasury view…: Immigration as a growth strategy Next time a Tory claims to believe in supply-side reform, pls point then to this » ‘Immigration as a growth strategy’ http://bit.ly/16LR4BG Enjoy (…)

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