LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 22

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2015

After the FA Cup hiatus, Premiership football returns this weekend – and so does our latest round-up from the LDV Fantasy Football League. Congratulations to George Murray, whose Marauding Fullbacks continue to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 22, just ahead of Jon Featonby and Sam Bowman. But let’s also hear it for […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #86: Benedict Cumberbatch

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch Actor Reason: for standing up to prejudice. Context matters. So do intentions. Which means that when Benedict Cumberbatch this week used the word ‘coloured’ — provoking one of those wearily predictable storms — it needs to be read (…)

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My must-reads this week January 30, 2015

by Stephen Tall on January 30, 2015

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… BBC News – University applications hit record high Damn the deterrent effect of those tuition fees… BBC News – University applications hit record high http://bbc.in/16377iT Foreign pupils don't (…)

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Who are the three groups of voters more likely to vote Lib Dem in 2015? I was surprised…

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2015

An interesting snippet from British Future’s excellent State of the Nation 2015 report: In the State of the Nation poll, first time voters (14%), ethnic minority respondents (15%) and those born abroad (12%) were more likely to say they plan to vote (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #85: Ruth Davidson

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2015

Ruth Davidson Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Reason: for sticking up for human rights Raif Badawi, last week’s Liberal Hero, is too ill from the first 50 lashes he was subjected to by the Saudi authorities to have faced the (…)

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My must-reads this week January 23, 2015

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2015

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… The problem of youth turnout | Conservative Home The collapse in the 18-24 year-old gen election turn-out really is stark http://bit.ly/1JghZrH (h/t @pghoskin) Login Late to this, but (…)

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10 years of blogging: happy birthday to me

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2015

It completely slipped my mind on the actual anniversary a fortnight ago, but anyway… January 7th, 2005 was when my first ever blog-post appeared. A further 5,647 posts later I’m still here. That first month, I covered such weighty topics as the (…)

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Rule out a coalition? Labour would be mad to do so

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2015

I’m sure there are lots of posts I’ve written in the 10 years I’ve been blogging that have dated badly. But none so badly as this one published on LibDemVoice in March 2010: ‘5 reasons Nick Clegg should rule out a (…)

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Forget about the Greens, it’s still the economy which should worry Labour most

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2015

Over at this morning’s edition of The Times’s Red Box email, Philip Webster says, “I’m still looking for the “killer question” that tells us who the nation wants to form the next government”. I think the one reported today is (…)

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30,000 reasons why Mike Hancock may not yet have made up his mind about re-standing as an MP

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2015

A tweet from BBC reporter Giles Dilnot caught my eye yesterday: Mike Hancock reveals (it’s OK don’t panic) he is “undecided” whether to stand at GE2015. That it is a question at all seems a tad surprising — Giles Dilnot (…)

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