My recommended reading for today October 31, 2013

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… NEWSNIGHT: Labour Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt on qualified teachers – YouTube Tristram Hunt: he’s broadly right on qualified teachers. But I don’t think his Paxo intvw will have convinced many http://bit.ly/1aGAdRc (…)

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Lewis Baston’s election 2015 forecast: Labour 36%, Conservatives 34%, Lib Dems 16%

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2013

Lewis Baston, a research associate at Democratic Audit who is perhaps the nearest the UK comes to a Nate Silver, has published a pamphlet called Swing Seats: The key battlegrounds of the 2015 election (not available online yet). It’s a forensic analysis of the constituencies that will decide the next election, and digs much deeper […]

Can Nick Clegg hold the line on not offering any red lines?

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2013

For years Lib Dem leaders have been plagued by the question, ‘Who will you support in the event of a hung parliament?’ In 2010, Nick Clegg straight-batted it pretty effectively, saying the Lib Dems would talk first to the party with the most seats and most votes. In 2015 he’ll stick to that trusty formula, […]

My recommended reading for today October 30, 2013

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… How To Be A Candidate Looking at this page for first time in 10 yrs. “How To Be A Parliamentary Candidate” http://bit.ly/1iticZm Still no, I think. Every Tweet EVER | The Poke: (…)

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This is the kind of email that gives the civil service a bad name

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2013

Have you ever tried to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority that you’ve moved and have a new address? Reckon you’ll be able to do it online or fill in a simple form? Nah. Here’s the 1½ side of A4 standard (…)

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My recommended reading for today October 29, 2013

by Stephen Tall on October 29, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Tired? Troubled love life? Try banning the gadgets from the bedroom | Amy Fleming | Comment is free | theguardian.com This is all very well, but it ignores the real problem of (…)

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Death of the amateur blogger? A reply to the replies

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2013

I wrote an article yesterday about the eclipsing of the amateur blogger by the mainstream media. I titled it Liberal Conspiracy is dead – and so too’s the amateur blogger (more or less), which – at the heavy risk of scraping (…)

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My recommended reading for today October 28, 2013

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Opinion: Russell Brand – a turgid mess of a manifesto Jack Wlliams to the point @libdemvoice this morning > Opinion: Russell Brand – a turgid mess of a manifesto http://bit.ly/1azT1mS 15 Award-Winning (…)

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The last book I read in 100 words: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2013

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes We all know a Tony and an Adrian: the former an intelligent, decent guy who’s made an ordinary, comfortable life for himself; the latter a brilliant, erratic guy who will either explode as (…)

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A New Statesman subscriber writes…

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2013

As a New Statesman subscriber* I can’t help wondering what they would have said if The Spectator had asked a non-lefty entertainer to guest edit – someone like Jeremy Clarkson, say – and his opening words were: When I was (…)

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