I’ve written 561 posts this year. Here are the 12 most-read of 2014…

by Stephen Tall on December 30, 2014

January: Q&A on the allegations against Lord Rennard. (My conclusion: it’s a mess.) – Jan 17, 2014 February: 18 posters in which the Conservatives promise to build more houses. The last one appeared in 1979 – Feb 19, 2014 March: Tom Watson handily (…)

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Read all about it… my collected ‘The Underdog’ columns for Total Politics magazine

by Stephen Tall on December 29, 2014

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, I know. I’ve been writing my monthly ‘The Underdog’ column for Total Politics magazine since October 2013, and have finally gotten round to uploading them. Two ways you can read all of them: (…)

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My must-reads this week December 26, 2014

by Stephen Tall on December 26, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… Why a year of little change felt like one of sustained crisis | Rafael Behr | Comment is free | The Guardian Brilliant as ever from Rafael Behr: (…)

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The polls in 2014: what they show with 133 days left til 7 May 2015

by Stephen Tall on December 24, 2014

The final polls of the year have been published — getting on for 500 have been commissioned in 2014 — and their story is told in the graph below. It shows Labour’s declining (down from c.38% to c.33%), the Tories static (at c.32%), Ukip on the rise (up from c.12% to c.16%), and the Lib […]

3 last-minute Christmas present ideas (hint: they’re books)

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2014

Over at LibDemVoice, I’ve put forward three suggestions for last-minute pressie ideas for the politico geek (whether that’s you or someone you know)… Liberalism: The Life of an Idea – Edmund Fawcett There are lots of books around about liberalism (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #81: Sajid Javid

by Stephen Tall on December 21, 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.  Sajid Javid Conservative secretary of state for culture Reason: for his unapologetic defence of freedom of expression Freedom of expression is a pretty fundamental tenet of liberalism, one which has been under […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 16

by Stephen Tall on December 20, 2014

View image | gettyimages.com Congratulations to George Murray’s ‘Marauding Fullbacks’, who, with an impressive 928 points, continue to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 16. It’s tight, though: just 12 points separate the top 3. We’re entering the festive period, a time when you’ve probably got lots of other things to do. But, […]

My must-reads this week December 19, 2014

by Stephen Tall on December 19, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… Leader by default? | Total Politics Here’s my latest @TotalPolitics column trying to explain why Nick Clegg’s still Lib Dem leader > “Leader by default?” http://bit.ly/16vxi1G The Lib (…)

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7 years on: 2 ‘myths’ about the Clegg-Huhne leadership race that persist

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2014

It’s 7 years to the day since Nick Clegg was formally elected leader of the Lib Dems. Over at the Telegraph, professional Labour contrarian Dan Hodges has penned what I’d call a fair-minded piece (Clegg’s critics would call it a generous whitewash) (…)

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Fifa World Cup row: Lib Dem members say no to Qatar but split on 2022 boycott

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2014

View image | gettyimages.com Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what our sample of Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 747 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Yesterday, Fifa’s independent ethics investigator Michael […]