Latest Euro election polls: Ukip take the lead, but what about the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2014

It’s the last day of April, a month which began with the second ‘Nick v Nigel’ debate and has seen 11 polls asking specifically about voting intentions in the European elections on 22nd May. Here’s what they show: Quite a lot of movement, but the trend appears now to be that Ukip are in a […]

Local elections 2014: your quick-and-easy guide to the Lib Dem numbers that matter

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2014

Lib Dems in England will need no reminding that 22nd May isn’t just European election polling day: it’s also local election day across all 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 74 second-tier district authorities, 20 unitary authorities and five directly-elected mayoral posts. There are 4,216 seats up for grabs. No party is contesting them […]

Drugs and e-cigarettes: criminalise, legalise, regulate? Here’s what Lib Dem members think…

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Two-thirds of Lib Dems back legalisation of ‘soft’ drugs… With regard […]

Ukip examined: who they are, what they stand for, and what it all means for British politics

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2014

I’ve just finished reading Revolt on the Right, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin’s fascinating book analysing the rise of Ukip and what makes the party and its voters tick. Mark Pack has already written a very good review for LibDemVoice here. Here’s my take on some of its key insights. Who votes for Ukip? The […]

In the next month 7 seats will short-list their wannabe Lib Dem MPs

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 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 North West Hampshire – where, if rumours are to be believed, the Lib Dem candidate may get to take on Boris Johnson – and my […]

My recommended reading for today April 27, 2014

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Nigel Farage is a phoney. Scrutinise him and he'll crumble | Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer Terrific polemic from Nick (…)

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Who should be the Lib Dem shadow chancellor in 2015 – Vince or Danny? Here’s what Lib Dem members think…

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Currently the Lib Dems do not have a shadow chancellor. Vince Cable […]

64% of Lib Dems say Scotland is ‘Better Together’ with the rest of the United Kingdom

by Stephen Tall on April 26, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Two-thirds of Lib Dem members opposed to Scottish independence Do you support […]

++BREAKING: Antidisestablishmentarian Times and Telegraph reveal new danger posed by 150 year-old Liberal pledge for separation of Church and State

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2014

Is there no actual news happening today? Sounds a stupid question. I mean, the US has accused Russia of deliberately destabilising Ukraine, affordability tests for new mortgages are going to be toughened, and the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has vetoed big bonuses for staff. All important, interesting stories. Then I looked at today’s Times […]

My recommended reading for today April 25, 2014

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… There's a backlash against nudging – but it was never meant to solve every problem | Cass Sunstein | Comment is free | The (…)

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