Lib Dem Deputy Leadership – runners and riders. Who’s your choice?

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

There will be a Lib Dem deputy leadership election in the new year, following (as Caron reported earlier) Simon Hughes’s surprise appointment as Minister for Justice, replacing Lord (Tom) McNally. The post’s full title is Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons – so the ballot is restricted to MPs. Last […]

My recommended reading for today December 18, 2013

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… BBC News – Rowan Atkinson Comic Relief skit tops Ofcom complaints Most complained about TV moment of year: 487 complaints only. We’re losing our touch as a nation of complainers http://bbc.in/1jfVRnJ The (…)

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My recommended reading for today December 18, 2013

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… BBC News – Rowan Atkinson Comic Relief skit tops Ofcom complaints Most complained about TV moment of year: 487 complaints only. We’re losing our touch as a nation of complainers http://bbc.in/1jfVRnJ The (…)

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My column for ConHome: Where the parties are as 2013 ends – and what they face in 2014

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here yesterday. I’m worried I’m losing my touch, though… Not only have most commenters there said it’s a fair take (“This is a balanced article by Stephen Tall”), but Toby (…)

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Careful, Boris. Remember what happened to the last top Tory to liken the Lib Dems to a bird?

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

“The sooner we are shot of the great yellow albatross, in my view, the better.” So said Boris Johnson yesterday, taking a pop at both Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. But, as a classics scholar, Boris should beware a little thing called hubris. At the 1990 Tory Party conference, Mrs Thatcher poked fun at […]