Nice try, George. But the Pupil Premium is happening only because the Lib Dems are in government

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2013

Who has made sure the Pupil Premium is being delivered in Government? Pretty straightforward question, you might think: the Liberal Democrats. Not if you’re George Osborne, though… “I sit at that Cabinet table and I know who has really put forward the policies that are delivering a fairer society. The pupil premium to support the […]

My recommended reading for today September 30, 2013

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Help to Buy scheme condemned by Lib Dem grassroots groups | Money | theguardian.com Good on @soclibforum @liberal_reform & Liberal Left for uniting > Help to Buy condemned by LibDem grassroots groups (…)

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Syria – Lib Dem members’ views on military intervention

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Almost 700 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. It’s a month ago to the day since David Cameron lost the […]

Telegraph claims Clegg has ruled out a coalition with Labour. I claim the Telegraph is talking nonsense on stilts.

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2013

Last week’s serialisation sensation was all about Damien McBride. This week’s is Matthew d’Ancona’s inside scoop on the Coalition, In It Together. The Telegraph, doubtless keen to get its money’s worth, has hyped-up the revelations, splashing with the headline, ‘Cameron opens talks with Clegg on second Coalition’. Here’s the key passage, which reads unconvincingly to […]

My recommended reading for today September 28, 2013

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Tim Harford — Article — An energy price cap that does not quite fit Devastating demolition of Miliband’s energy price freeze by Tim Harford: “the political maturity of a 10 year-old” http://bit.ly/1fxcLMK (…)

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My recommended reading for today September 27, 2013

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Ed Miliband's 40%: The emerging Labour majority? | The Economist Superb & important analysis from @JeremyCliffe > Ed Miliband’s 40%: The emerging Labour majority? | The Economist http://econ.st/1h80LwB The 12 Days of (…)

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CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #48: Tim Minchin

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 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.  Tim Minchin Comedian and musician Reason: for his “occasional address” for a graduation ceremony at the University of Western Australia Tim Minchin’s a devout atheist so I won’t even call him a […]

‘Coalition and Beyond’ – read all 20 essays online now, absolutely free

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2013

Two weeks ago, Liberal Reform launched their new publication, Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead, at the Lib Dems’ Glasgow conference. It was edited by me, with a foreword by Nick Clegg (yes, the front cover name-checked (…)

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Iain Dale accepts police caution for assault on anti-nukes protestor

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2013

On Tuesday, Conservative blogger, publisher and LBC radio presenter Iain Dale hit the headlines when he took on anti-nukes protestor Stuart Holmes, who’d annoyed him by insistently trying to get in shot while ITV’s Daybreak programme interviewed his latest high-profile author, Damian McBride. (See Iain Dale unilaterally disarms anti-nukes protester in front of TV cameras.) […]

My recommended reading for today September 26, 2013

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Ed Miliband’s speech: 5 thoughts on what it means for Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and the 2015 election “How would Tony Blair have done it?” Me y’day on how New Lab wd (…)

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