My recommended reading for today June 30, 2013

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Tory makes history as the first MP to come out as bisexual and gets standing ovation from activists after telling them about his male partner | Mail Online Daily Mail commenters fall (…)

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Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Our central purpose: Getting the economy back on track”

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 2013

This week was the week of the Comprehensive Spending Review. Perhaps more importantly for the Coalition’s self-confidence was the erasure from the economic records of the double-dip recession. Nick’s letter this week is bullish about the Lib Dems’ record on the economy: “Creating jobs. Stopping the build up of Labour’s unsustainable debts. Getting the economy […]

Nick shows an alternative way to get a swing to the Liberals…

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2013

File this story under one of two categories, according to taste: ‘How did we miss this at the time?’ or ‘Why are you even bothering to tell us now?’ Here at LibDemVoice we try and keep you up-to-date with all Lib Dem affairs. And speaking of affairs… according to the Daily Telegraph of 11th June […]

A longer read for the weekend: Tim Leunig on how to increase airport capacity in the UK

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2013

Congratulations to Tim Leunig — these days a senior adviser in the Department for Education, but until recently chief economist at the CentreForum think-tank — whose report Bigger and quieter: the right answer for aviation was the winner this week of the economic and financial category at Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank of the Year Awards […]

My recommended reading for today June 29, 2013

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Liberal Democrat Voice Me @libdemvoice on the advantages of Ed Miliband “doing a John Smith” and push for an early EU in/out referendum http://bit.ly/17s4LFG Liberal Democrat Voice Interesting take @LibDemVoice on what (…)

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Will Ed Miliband “do a John Smith” and push for an early EU in/out referendum? There are advantages, y’know…

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2013

Could Labour be about to “do a John Smith” to the Tories over the timing of an in/out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union? In the 1990s, Labour wrought havoc on the fourth-term Tory government by (cynically) teaming up with the right-wing ‘Maastricht rebels’ to inflict damaging Commons defeats on their common […]

CentreForum Liberal Villain of the Month: Mark Littlewood

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) 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 […]

CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #40: Stephen Gough (aka The Naked Rambler)

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) 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 […]

My recommended reading for today June 28, 2013

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Bagehot: The little party behind the throne | The Economist Economist’s Bagehot on Lib Dems’ enduring importance: “The little party behind the throne” http://econ.st/11N4Jr2 Carl Minns – Thoughts from Hull: The day (…)

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Philip Hammond on Coalition with the Lib Dems: horses for courses?

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2013

There’s an interesting interview with Tory defence secretary Philip Hammond in this week’s House magazine. Two snippets in particular will be of interest to Lib Dem readers. Let’s start with the defence department and horses. In the lead-up to the spending review when tensions were spilling over between the treasury and the spending departments, Danny […]