Today’s Link-Love: April 30, 2013

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Local elections: Tory leadership prepares MPs for the worst » Spectator Blogs Just how low can you lower expectations & remain plausible? Local electns: Tory leadership prepares MPs for the worst http://bit.ly/12JZR4z (…)

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While David Cameron and Owen Jones unite in favour of universal benefits, I want us to get explicit about why redistribution matters to society

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2013

It’s an odd coalition: left-wing commentator Owen Jones and Tory leader David Cameron united as one. Yet that unlikely alliance was formed yesterday, as both defended universal benefits for wealthy pensioners and both fought shy of asserting the importance of redistribution. David Cameron’s defence was in response to Iain Duncan Smith’s rather odd suggestion that […]

Today’s Link-Love: April 29, 2013

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… The best 2p anyone ever spent in the Liberal Democrats | Mark Pack The best 2p anyone ever spent in the Liberal Democrats via @MarkPack > http://bit.ly/ZYjphh (Value up five-fold since, I (…)

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Mary Beard explains why she’s voting Lib Dem this Thursday

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2013

Professor Mary Beard (Cambridge University’s “wickedly subversive commentator on both the modern and the ancient world”) explains on her A Don’s Life blog why she’ll be voting for the Lib Dems’ Belinda Brooks-Gordon this week: Since the Iraq War I have been a semi-floating voter. Up to then I had been Labour by default (unless […]

What will happen to the Lib Dems in Thursday’s local elections?

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2013

There are just three campaigning days left until this Thursday’s local elections taking place across much of England.* It’ll be tough-going for the Lib Dems… The last time these seats were fought, in 2009, was a high water-mark for the party: we polled a national equivalent vote-share of 25%. As I said in my morning-after-the-night-before […]

Steven Spielberg presents… President Obama: “I’m Daniel Day-Lewis.”

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2013

The 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the annual event which disproves any notion the Americans can’t do irony… (Watch it on YouTube here.) And here’s the full 20 minute Obama routine: (Watch it on YouTube here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum, and also […]

Liberals and Tories row over national debt

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2013

Paying down the national debt: it’s always been a controversial issue. Here’s a Liberal poster (from the 1886 general election?) attacking the Tories for their failure to clear our debts: For balance, here’s a Tory poster (from the same year?) accusing the Liberals of being high-spenders: The nature of the debate doesn’t change much, but […]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “5 good reasons to get out and campaign for the Lib Dems”

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2013

‘Only Liberal Democrats fight for a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.’ You might have heard that one before. You’ll hear it again in Nick’s message below. And in every speech between now and the next general election. Lib Dem supporters are bound to get sick of hearing […]

Tim Harford on the ‘evidence revolution’ taking place in education

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2013

Tim ‘Undercover Economist’ Harford has a terrific piece in today’s FT — An evidence revolution — highlighting the use of research to inform and improve education. He picks up on the aspect of evidence-informed policy which has always excited my (…)

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Today’s Link-Love: April 27, 2013

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Parliament's press charter is dead duck as publishers defy politicians | Media | guardian.co.uk Roy Greenslade: Parliament’s press charter is dead duck as publishers defy politicians http://bit.ly/ZpJIRR « so now what? George (…)

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