Chris Huhne is a glass half-full kinda guy

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2014

Chris Huhne’s weekly column for The Guardian is a must-read for me. Mainly because his writing is just as you’d expect: not afraid to put some stick about (yeah, yeah: he takes no prisoners) but there’s plenty of sharp intelligence too. And there’s a pretty hefty dollop of optimism this week, too, as he looks […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #64: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 An Act of the Parliament legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Reason: for ending the state’s discrimination against same-sex couples Can an Act of Parliament […]

Time for Nick Clegg to ditch the “Great Britain not Little England” line

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2014

“Great Britain not little England” – it was a line Nick Clegg used in his recent Spring conference speech, setting up the new political dividing lines between those who are optimistic, outward-looking, progressive pro-Europeans and those who are gloomy, isolationst, reactionary anti-Europeans. It’s a line he used again in this week’s Nick v Nigel debate. […]

My recommended reading for today March 30, 2014

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… The five fault lines that divide Ed Miliband's Labour party | Andrew Rawnsley | Comment is free | The Observer LibDems shpuld aspire to (…)

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In the next month 9 seats will short-list their wannabe Lib Dem MPs

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 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 Bristol North West, on paper the 26th most winnable seat for the Lib Dems, needing a swing of 3% from the Tories. The following seats […]

A longer read for the weekend: How important will incumbency be to the Lib Dems in 2015?

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2014

Last year I wrote a piece, So, about that Lib Dem wipeout in 2015 then…, highlighting that – though the polls are grim for the Lib Dems – the assumption of many pundits that this will automatically translate into Lib Dem annihilation at the next election is flawed. That brief analysis was based on looking […]

A longer read for the weekend: How important will incumbency be to the Lib Dems in 2015?

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2014

Last year I wrote a piece, So, about that Lib Dem wipeout in 2015 then…, highlighting that – though the polls are grim for the Lib Dems – the assumption of many pundits that this will automatically translate into Lib Dem annihilation at the next election is flawed. That brief analysis was based on looking […]

Latest Euro poll shows how, in this May’s elections, every %-age point matters for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2014

Interest in the outcome of May’s European elections is picking up, at least judged by the number of polls the newspapers are commissioning – four have been published in the last fortnight. Here’s the average support for the parties: Labour – 30% Ukip – 26% Conservative – 24% Lib Dems – 9% Converting that into […]

My recommended reading for today March 28, 2014

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Labour’s right is rumbling. Not before time. « Labour Uncut Labour isn’t united argues @atulh. Its dwindling poll lead is abt to convince it (…)

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YouGov’s Nick v Nigel poll: Clegg wins with Labour, Lib Dem voters; Farage with Tory, Ukip voters

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2014

My overall view of last night’s Nick v Nigel debate was that Mr Reasonable won it. But then I would think that, wouldn’t I? What did rest of the British public think? Well, the vast, vast majority of rest of the British public would have had no view either way: they didn’t watch it. But […]