“The EU has provided us with the best Europe we’ve ever had”

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

That was the claim in this very interesting essay by Robert Cooper – a visiting professor at the London School of Economic and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations – in last week’s New Statesman. In it, he mounts a staunch defence of parliamentary democracy as the best way of deciding such […]

“The EU has provided us with the best Europe we’ve ever had”

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

That was the claim in this very interesting essay by Robert Cooper – a visiting professor at the London School of Economic and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations – in last week’s New Statesman. In it, he mounts a staunch defence of parliamentary democracy as the best way of deciding such […]

Lib Dem membership increase confirmed: “Across the country, 75% of our local parties grew in 2013?

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

We reported here three weeks ago that the Lib Dems finished 2013 with a more members than at the start of the year – “the first governing party in recent history to have increased membership while in power,” as the party put it. At the time, final figures weren’t known as local parties had still […]

My recommended reading for today January 18, 2014

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… feedly.com Interesting Speccie article looking at impact on Scottish referendum if Ukip fail in Scot but advance in England http://bit.ly/1mcCpo3 feedly.com / @Peston explains why Lab’s bank break-up has not hurt shares (…)

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Want to see a photo of a Young David Laws?

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

Young David Laws – no, not a new telly detective, but a picture of Lib Dem schools minister David Laws aged about 19. Hint: he’s the chap on the left… a phrase not normally associated with David. (Hat-tip to Jezz Palmer for spotting.) Anyone got other photos of Lib Dem MPs before they were famous? […]