Happy Birthday to us: 8 years old today

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2014

8 years ago today LibDemVoice appeared for the very first time. The first story? ‘Hughes certain to be challenged for party Presidency’. He, erm, wasn’t. But, still, the site soon established itself as a fixture in the Lib Dem blogsophere thanks to the early efforts of the founding team: Rob Fenwick, Mark Pack, Ryan Cullen, […]

The ‘Favourability Index’: the Tories and Cameron lead, Lib Dems half as popular as Ukip

by Stephen Tall on August 24, 2014

I’m a fan of polling firm ComRes’s ‘Favourability Index’ which asks of political parties and their leaders ‘How favourable or unfavourable are you to X?’ For sure it’s a simplistic binary. But, then, so’s voting. It gives a much more accurate read-out of perceptions, I think, than asking (for instance) if people think X is […]

Safe standing at football grounds: “an idea whose time has come,” say Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on August 23, 2014

I can still remember my first ever live football match. It was a glamorous encounter between Everton and Newport County in the second round of the League Cup on 24th September 1986. A big part of what made it memorable was the electric atmosphere of the Gwladys Street stand at Goodison Park. I was nine, […]

Safe standing at football grounds: “an idea whose time has come,” say Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on August 23, 2014

I can still remember my first ever live football match. It was a glamorous encounter between Everton and Newport County in the second round of the League Cup on 24th September 1986. A big part of what made it memorable was the electric atmosphere of the Gwladys Street stand at Goodison Park. I was nine, […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 1

by Stephen Tall on August 22, 2014

Congratulations to Sam Barnett, Mike Matuszczyk and George Murray, who lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after its first full week, each scoring 70 points or more. There are 122 players in total and you can still join the league by clicking here. I merely mention in passing that two of the LDV team — […]

My recommended reading for today August 22, 2014

by Stephen Tall on August 22, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… #Tip: the big list of headline formulas for the web | Editors Blog | Journalism.co.uk How to craft the perfect headline. Includes #QTWTAIN: http://bit.ly/1trkRu0 (…)

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Rennard’s suspension lifted today – but the Lib Dems lost control of this situation years ago

by Stephen Tall on August 19, 2014

Tonight’s news that Lib Dem peer and former chief executive Chris Rennard has had his membership un-suspended is unsurprising. The plain fact is the grounds on which the party had withdrawn his membership – that by declining to apologise to a number (…)

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My recommended reading for today August 17, 2014

by Stephen Tall on August 17, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention in the past couple of days… Statement on the current situation in Israel and Gaza | Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel You won’t spot the word “disproportionate” here > Statement (…)

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In the next month 39 seats will short-list their wannabe Lib Dem MPs

by Stephen Tall on August 16, 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 Watford, on paper the 6th most winnable Tory seat for the Lib Dems, needing a swing of just 1.39%, as well as Redcar, where incumbent […]

Quote of the Week: Lauren Bacall – “I’m total, total, total liberal and proud of it.”

by Stephen Tall on August 16, 2014

Here’s Lauren Bacall, who died this week, aged 89, being interviewed by Larry King in 2005: KING: “Wait a minute. Are you a liberal?” BACALL: “I’m a liberal. The “L” word!” KING: “Egads!” BACALL: … I love it. Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone […]