Why Lib Dems shouldn’t keep schtum about tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

“University tuition fee rise has not deterred poorer students from applying”. That was the headline in The Guardian this week reporting new analysis by the Independent Commission on Fees chaired by Will Hutton: The raising of tuition fees to £9,000 has not put off students from disadvantaged backgrounds from applying to university – although the […]

An idea from Matthew Parris that will unite political activists everywhere

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

The Lib-Con Coalition may have run out-of-steam, but Conservative MP-turned-columnist Matthew Parris has identified a policy around which the two parties could happily unite. Indeed, his proposal might even form the basis for a Rainbow Coalition of all the parties. What’s prompted the idea is that Matthew’s been out delivering leaflets recently. And it has […]

Lib Dems pledge more tax cuts: after personal allowance raised to £12.5k will also increase National Insurance threshold

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

Today’s big announcement from the Lib Dems has been the “plan to cut your tax bill further”. Here’s how The Guardian reports it: The Liberal Democrats are to burnish their credentials as the tax-cutting party for the low paid by floating the possibility of cutting national insurance contributions for anyone earning below £12,500 a year. […]