My CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #90: Boris Nemtsov

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2015

Boris Nemtsov Russian statesman and liberal politician Reason: for standing up for the rule of law and against Putin’s regime. “I’m afraid Putin will kill me.” That’s what Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov worried aloud a fortnight ago would happen. (…)

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 26

by Stephen Tall on February 28, 2015

Congratulations to George Murray: his Marauding Fullbacks continue to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 26. In fact, there’s more than a touch of deja vu about the top 10. But let’s also hear it for three players (…)

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My must-reads this week February 27, 2015

by Stephen Tall on February 27, 2015

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… Login On immigration @montie, alterntv definition of madness: “doing same thing over & over again & expecting diff results” http://bit.ly/18t1dZr Higher education funding: pulling the rabbit out of (…)

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My last ever ConHome column: What I would do if I were in the Tories’ shoes

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2015

Here’s my final The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. Some time ago, ConHome’s editor Paul Goodman and I agreed that the column should cease in the run-up to the election; and besides I’m going to have (…)

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My CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #89: Frankie Boyle

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2015

Frankie Boyle Scottish comedian and writer Reason: for standing up for free speech. Three weeks ago, this series celebrated Benedict Cumberbatch. The reason? For challenging race discrimination in the film and entertainment industry. But, in doing so, he used a (…)

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“It’s not the policy, it’s the pledge.” Ed Miliband joins the tuition fees U-turn Clegg club

by Stephen Tall on February 20, 2015

“It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up” originated with Watergate. There’s a British political equivalent now: “It’s not the policy, it’s the pledge”. First, it applied to the Lib Dems. My party’s infamous U-turn on fees has bedevilled Nick Clegg (…)

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My must-reads this week February 20, 2015

by Stephen Tall on February 20, 2015

Here’s some of the articles that have caught my attention this week… Lib Dems will prove to be the great survivors | The Times Odd that a Blairite (Philip Collins) more ‘proalition’ btwn LDs/Con than an Orange Book LD like (…)

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No, the Lib Dems are not being “saved” by first-past-the-post

by Stephen Tall on February 19, 2015

‘The Lib Dems have admitted that they are now relying on the first-past-the-post voting system to save them from a wipeout in May.’ (The Times) ‘… the Liberal Democrats will be saved from wipe out by the first-past-the-post system.’ (The Guardian) (…)

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Listen to Caron Lindsay and me debate the “Lib Dem predicament” on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 2015

On last night’s BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour, my LibDemVoice colleague Caron Lindsay and I debated the Lib Dems’ chances at the next election and looked at what the manifesto means for the party’s strategy in the event of a (…)

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LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League: how it stands after Week 25

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2015

No change in the top 10 this week, with George Murray’s Marauding Fullbacks continuing to lead the LibDemVoice Fantasy Football League after Week 25. But let’s also hear it for three players outside the top 10: Will Barter (Mid-Table Meanderers) (…)

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