Margaret Thatcher, the 1983 election and the ‘bedroom tax’

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2013

Like Caron, I spent more than a healthy amount of my Bank Holiday Monday watching BBC Parliament’s re-run of the 1983 general election. It’s not an election I remember (I was 6). But the symmetry of yesterday’s hyperbolic Guardian (‘The day Britain changed’) front page and the televised reminder of Margaret Thatcher’s first landslide seemed […]

Job-share MPs: what Lib Dem members think

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 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. It has been proposed the Liberal Democrats should be able to allow job-share candidates to stand […]

Today’s Link-Love: April 2, 2013

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… The £10,000 tax-free sop patronises the low-paid | Lynsey Hanley | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk Bonkers #QTWTAIN in Gdn “isn’t idea of 3m ppl working hard + not being required to (…)

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Adittya Chakrabortty is wrong to say House of Commons is “ever more remote”. It’s more diverse than it’s ever been

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2013

Last week, Mary Reid published an excellent couple of articles — Changing culture is a long term project – the past; and its companion piece: the future — highlighting social progress achieved in her lifetime. One area she didn’t mention is the way parliament is much more diverse today than it has been in the […]