“Lib Dems have made majority Conservative rule in Britain less likely for perhaps a generation”

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

Rafael Behr, formerly of the New Statesman now at The Guardian, is my favourite political columnist. A brilliant writer, he is also dispassionately shrewd. So it is today, when he analyses the impact of the Lib Dems in Coalition. It’s inspired by Norman Baker’s resignation – which, he rightly observes “says more about the Home […]

Ed Miliband channels David Hare’s The Absence of War

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

In 1993, David Hare’s play The Absence of War was premiered. It tells the story of George Jones, a Labour leader who, “smothered and constricted by his cautious advisers” (to borrow from Wikipedia) loses his sense of self, of the talents that propelled him (…)

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Norman Baker – one of the most popular Lib Dem ministers among party members

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

LibDemVoice has been surveying party members throughout the Coalition to find out how well-rated (or otherwise) Lib Dem ministers are. All these results, together with our regular Coalition tracker series, are available online here. Here’s how Norman Baker has performed in these surveys in the four-and-a-half years he’s been a minister, first at Transport, latterly […]

My open borders immigration policy is, I admit, a fantasy. The pro-immigration case has to be rooted in reality

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here yesterday. My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace, for giving a Lib Dem space to provoke – constructively, I hope. I gave a (…)

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