My recommended reading for today February 28, 2014

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Honey I Shrunk the Country! « The Peters Projection Map controversy collides with Scotland and the weather forecast > “Honey I Shrunk the Country!” (…)

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Eastleigh one year on: the by-election which secured Nick Clegg’s leadership

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2014

A year ago today, Mike Thornton was declared the new Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh. I’ve just been re-reading my first reflections on the result, written minutes after Mike’s narrow victory over Ukip was confirmed. As I pointed out then, despite the horrendous circumstances surrounding the by-election – Chris Huhne’s resignation, the allegations against Chris […]

Four-in-10 voters would never consider voting for the Lib Dems – but it’s not all bad news…

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2014

Some interesting poll data from Ipsos-Mori who were asked by British Future to look at attitudes towards voting for the four main political parties. Here’s three points that stood out for the Lib Dems: Four-in-10 voters would never consider voting for the Lib Dems, Conservatives or Ukip. Labour is less unpopular: one-in-three voters would never […]

My favourite Vince Cable quote on Tory immigration policy

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2014

The good news is that more people chose to come to the UK last year. Net migration to the UK increased to 212,000 in the year to September 2013, up from 154,000 in the previous year. As the independent Office for Budget Responsibility has shown before: if you want increased growth, you should welcome immigration. […]

My column for ConHome: What Clegg was really up to last week

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. Their headline accidentally omitted the ‘to’ – “What Clegg was really up last week” is a whole other column. My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, (…)

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FT: “For nearly four years, Britain has been served reasonably well by multi-party government”

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2014

On Tuesday, it was reported that David Cameron wanted to rule out the possibility of a second Lib-Con coalition in the event of another hung parliament. This tit was matched by an equivalent tat from the left, when Unite leader Len Mclusky urged Labour to do the same. Today’s Financial Times leader attempts to inject […]

Cameron to “rule out second Lib-Con coalition” claims Telegraph. It may be a bluff but that doesn’t mean he won’t be forced to do it.

by Stephen Tall on February 25, 2014

Today’s Telegraph splashes on the claim that David Cameron is preparing to rule out the possibility of a second Coalition with the Lib Dems if the Tories are the largest single party but lack a majority: The Prime Minister wants to make a commitment in the Conservative Party election manifesto not to sign a second […]

Who’s afraid of Scottish independence?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2014

The last month has seen the ‘Yes Scotland’ independence campaign take a battering. First, Mark Carney raised doubts about Alex Salmond’s plans for a post-independence currency union between Scotland and the remainder of the UK. This warning was echoed when, with more naked partisanship, George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls teamed up to state […]

My recommended reading for today February 23, 2014

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… BBC Radio 4 – Nick Clegg: The Liberal Who Came to Power, Episode 2 Just finished @SteveRichards14’s “Nick Clegg: The Liberal Who Came to (…)

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In the next month 29 seats will short-list their wannabe Lib Dem MPs

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2014

Here’s the full list of selection contests in the coming month available for Lib Dems on the approved parliamentary candidates’ list, together with the closing date for applications. They include five of the seats on the party’s top 50 target list: Newport East, Totnes, Bristol North West, Bristol South, and Chelmsford. The following seats have […]