Teather’s alternative voice on immigration: “it bothers me that there is a consensus among the three party leaders”

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

Good on Sarah Teather. This weekend’s Guardian carries an excellent in-depth interview with the Lib Dem former children’s minister by Decca Aitkenhead in which she makes clear her deep unease not only with the Coalition’s immigration policy, but also the political consensus of the three party leaders that public concern about immigration means they must […]

Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “The Lib Dem vision for future economic growth and prosperity”

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

The Lib Dem leadership — as I noted here yesterday — is determined to get on the front foot on the economy. This autumn will see a leadership-proposed motion backing further capital investment (“within the fiscal envelope”) while retaining the commitment to deficit reduction. Nick’s letter this week is coordinated with that message, and in […]

My recommended reading for today July 14, 2013

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… BBC News – JK Rowling writes secret crime novel under false name Gotta love that J.K. took the surname Galbraith for her pseudonym » Rowling writes secret crime novel http://bbc.in/10UcP09 Government reshuffle (…)

Read the rest of this entry »

Our pick of the 17 top books to read this summer

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

The newspapers are awash with summer best-reads at the moment, as well-known writers pick the books to relax with by the pool. You know the kind of thing: “It’s at this time of year I typically embark on re-reading Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu, translating it into Russian (which I’m learning to relax […]

Reasons the British public are so often wrong (and suggestions for what to do about it)

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

Earlier this week, I set readers a quiz — The British public, eh? What do they know? — based on research undertaken by Ipsos MORI for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London showing the British public is often wrong about what we think we know on a range of current social issues. For […]