Nick v Nigel: My first thoughts

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2014

This was Mr Angry v Mr Reasonable. Nick Clegg started with one advantage – he’s a veteran of leaders’ debates – and one big disadvantage – his pro-Europeanism is unfashionable. Tonight, though, the Clegg of 2010 was back on show. He looked directly down the camera lens at the viewer, hand nonchalently in pocket, first-named […]

Your essential Nick v Nigel debate reader: 15 articles to get you match-fit ahead of tonight’s live encounter

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2014

Today’s the day of the first Nick v Nigel debate. Here’s your essential reader ahead of tonight’s first encounter between the Lib Dem and Ukip leaders… Three LibDemVoice articles… First, let’s recall how the debate came about – Nick Clegg challenged Nigel Farage to the debate live on his LBC radio phone-in last month: “It’s […]

My column for ConHome: How Balls & Miliband let Osborne & Clegg write their story for them

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. It was my attempt to highlight how distorted the economic debate has become… All the blame for the Great Recession heaped on the last Labour government for (…)

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Jeremy Browne joins Twitter. In unrelated news, his new book’s out next month

by Stephen Tall on March 24, 2014

I published the complete and utter list of Lib Dem MPs’ first tweets last week, so it seems only fitting to include the latest first tweet – from Taunton MP Jeremy Browne (updating David Penhaligon‘s famous injunction): If you’ve got something to say, stick it in a tweet and post it on the twittosphere. — […]

Jeremy Browne joins Twitter. In unrelated news, his new book’s out next month

by Stephen Tall on March 24, 2014

I published the complete and utter list of Lib Dem MPs’ first tweets last week, so it seems only fitting to include the latest first tweet – from Taunton MP Jeremy Browne (updating David Penhaligon‘s famous injunction): If you’ve got something to say, stick it in a tweet and post it on the twittosphere. — […]

My recommended reading for today March 23, 2014

by Stephen Tall on March 23, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Stop this 'near-obsession' with damaging immigration controls, say Tory MPs – UK Politics – UK – The Independent Good on Mark Field et al (…)

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Without a shadow of a doubt: Vince Cable should be the Lib Dems’ Shadow Chancellor at the 2015 election

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2014

One of the quirks of being in coalition is the Lib Dems no longer have a shadow chancellor. But we shall need one in time for the 2015 general election – not least for the traditional televised ‘Ask the Chancellors’ debate. There have been newspaper reports that there’s some jockeying for this position, with the […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #63: Andrew Bridgen

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 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.  Andrew Bridgen Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire Reason: for campaigning successfully to decriminalise non-payment of the BBC licence fee. In 2012, 181,880 people were prosecuted for not paying the BBC licence […]

My recommended reading for today March 21, 2014

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Osborne: Stealth convert to ‘Keynesian Thatcherism’ | Anatole Kaletsky Anatole Kaletsky on the politics and economics of the recovery » Osborne: Stealth convert to (…)

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The complete and utter list of Lib Dem MPs’ first tweets

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2014

There are currently 45 Lib Dem MPs on Twitter, according to this list curated by Mark Pack. Thanks to Twitter’s #FirstTweet website gizmo we can see the first words of wisdom the party’s elected representatives chose to offer the world. I mean, who wouldn’t want to? Read this list and you’ll discover who the first […]