My ConHome column: We live in an age of OUTRAGE that’s killing political debate

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. 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. We live (…)

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Fixed-term parliaments: 56% of voters support them, finds YouGov

by Stephen Tall on December 17, 2014

I’ve written before about the fact I like fixed-term parliaments: In praise of 5-year fixed-term parliaments. You may remember that a few years ago, former Cambridge MP David Howarth tried to introduce them. Then in the Coalition Agreement, they became reality. YouGov has asked the public what they think about them, and you can see […]

Our worst nightmare? Peter Kellner’s scenario 3: “Lib Dems choose who’s the PM”

by Stephen Tall on December 16, 2014

Just over a year ago I wrote a piece titled Nightmare scenarios: what are the 2015 election results the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour most dread? In it, I argued that the trickiest prospect for the Lib Dems would be an evenly poised general election outcome in which the Lib Dems held the balance of […]

Liberal Heroes of the Week #80: Alan and Gary Keery (aka the ‘Cereal Killer Cafe’ entrepreneurs)

by Stephen Tall on December 13, 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.  Alan and Gary Keery Owners of the Cereal Killer Cafe in Shoreditch Reason: for starting a local business in the face of Channel 4 News’s mockery It was a close call this […]

LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 15

by Stephen Tall on December 13, 2014

Congratulations to George Murray, who has re-gained the lead from Jon Featonby in the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 15. But it’s tight at the top: just four points separate them… almost a two-horse race, you might say. This week will be a test for many of us, as sure-fire points-winner Sergio Agüero is […]

My must-reads this week December 12, 2014

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2014

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… 3 charts for Ed Miliband | Flip Chart Fairy Tales Must-read from @flipchartrick: why public service spending falling to ’30s levels is scary The Real Blog: Christopher (…)

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Chart of the day: “there are no cases of a Labour opposition gaining ground over the final six months”

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2014

Some fascinating analysis from polling buff Lewis Baston over at ConservativeHome:   Three key points stand out (to me): Labour consistently end up winning fewer votes in the general election than the polls would have suggested six months in advance. (…)

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Academisation or the Pupil Premium: what’s having most effect? 3 quick thoughts…

by Stephen Tall on December 11, 2014

The Department for Education today published Key Stage 2 performance tables, covering the attainment data for 11 year-old pupils. You can read the detail here, and below are three tables/graphs that stood out for me… 1) Let’s see how the Conservatives’ (…)

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Why IDS is still in his job is revealing of Conservative attitudes to social security

by Stephen Tall on December 10, 2014

When Andrew Lansley’s health reforms ran into trouble – and his inability to take with him the public or those working in the NHS proved toxic – David Cameron reshuffled him out of harm’s way. Jeremy Hunt was brought in to make nice to the health sector and patients. When Michael Gove’s education reforms started […]

At last I make the front cover of Private Eye

by Stephen Tall on December 10, 2014

More accurately, my colleagues at LibDemVoice made the front cover to say “So, farewell then” to me (not that I’ve gone quite yet)… Thank you, one and all: Caron, Ryan, Alex, Helen, Sara, Paul, Mary, Nick and Alan.