Organ donation: 68% support opt-out system, 71% oppose payments to donors

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 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. 68% support opt-out system for organ donation Currently England has an opt-in […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #71: The Financial Times

by Stephen Tall on June 30, 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.  Financial Times Pink ‘un read by the people who own the country Reason: For urging government adopt a more thoughtful approach to outsourcing. Don’t tell me about the press. I know exactly […]

Term-time holidays and smoking in cars – what Lib Dem members think should be allowed

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 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. 48% say schools should not allow parents to take their children out […]

Ladbrokes: “Five seats the Lib Dems might GAIN in 2015?

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2014

Yes, you read the headline right. Ladbrokes’ The Political Bookie blog this week featured five seats where, based on the betting, they reckon the Lib Dems might confound expectations… 1. Montgomeryshire. Conservative majority 1,184 “Some are expecting a turnaround with a new candidate.” Her name is Jane Dodds, selected a year ago. 2. Watford. Conservative […]

For-profit schools: some evidence of why I’m far from convinced

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2014

Labour’s shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, this week called on Michael Gove to rule out profit-making schools, arguing “Beyond 2015, whether it admits it or not, the Conservative Party intends to introduce the profit motive into English education”. The Tories have sidestepped the issue and instead invited Labour to turn its fire on the Lib […]

My recommended reading for today June 29, 2014

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Labour's electorate: The new working class | The Economist If you haven’t yet read @JeremyCliffe’s “Labour’s electorate: The new working class” then you really (…)

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“I am not a great fan of philanthropic foundations.”

by Stephen Tall on June 27, 2014

This speech from Owen Barder is well worth a read in full – but it’s his justifiably provocative opening section which grabbed me: … let me begin with a confession: I am not a great fan of philanthropic foundations. I (…)

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Poll of school leaders and governors: Don’t like Coalition’s education policies – BUT do like Lib Dem Pupil Premium and infant free school meals

by Stephen Tall on June 27, 2014

A couple of findings worth highlighting from a major survey of more than 2,000 school leaders and governors, commissioned by The Key, and carried out by polling firm Ipsos Mori. It probably won’t come as a surprise to discover that the Coalition’s performance on education is viewed unfavourably: three-quarters of school leaders (75%) are dissatisfied […]

My recommended reading for today June 27, 2014

by Stephen Tall on June 27, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… cdn.cfbt.com 2nd report on London schools improvement this week. Best bit is the ‘Lessons’ section, starting p.121 (esp No.1) http://bit.ly/1pGetMP Outsourcing meets its outer (…)

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To OBR or not to OBR? That’s the manifesto audit question

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2014

Ed Balls wants it. Danny Alexander seems pretty keen on it, too. What is ‘it’? Asking the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties. On the face of it, that’s a good idea. Transparency’s a good thing and surely the public deserve to know as much as possible before […]