I think this Smack The Pony sketch comes closest to explaining Jeremy Corbyn’s concept of the nuclear deterrent

by Stephen Tall on September 30, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has said he can live with the idea of the Labour party he leads spending £100bn on the Trident nuclear weapons system even though he’s today confirmed he would instruct the UK’s defence chiefs never to use it. (…)

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Guardian Politics podcast and my 9 reasons why the Lib Dems were so cheerful in Bournemouth

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com I’m one of the contributors to this week’s Guardian Politics podcast, focusing on the three big stories this week: the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth, lurid allegations contained in Michael Ashcroft’s revenge biography of David Cameron, (…)

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My must-reads this week September 25, 2015

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2015

You can read all the articles that have caught my attention this week here: https://delicious.com/stephentall Below are a selection… YouGov | Only Fools and Horses is the 'greatest' British comedy Only Fools = fave comedy, Morecambe & Wise = fave (…)

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Lib Dems in Bournemouth: 5 quick thoughts

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2015

For the first time in a decade, I was merely a day-tripper to the Lib Dem federal conference, speaking at a full-to-bursting Resolution Foundation meeting on social justice. (I’ll try and post my thoughts on that tomorrow.) And, obviously, catching (…)

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My must-reads this week September 18, 2015

by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2015

You can read all the articles that have caught my attention this week here: https://delicious.com/stephentall Below are a selection… Liberal Reform announces new Advisory Council and housing focus Impressive recruits to @liberal_reform Advisory Council: Lamb, Laws, Browne, @greenmiranda, Astle, Randerson, (…)

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“Was it worth it?” My take on the Lib Dem record in Coalition

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2015

The latest issue of the Journal of Liberal History is a special issue focusing on the Coalition, 2010–15. It includes an essay by me under the general heading, ‘Why did it go wrong?’, with my contribution titled ‘Decline and Fall: (…)

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Corbyn: good or bad for the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on September 15, 2015

I’ve an article on today’s Times Red Box blog looking at how (and whether) the Lib Dems can capitalise on Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. The obvious answer is we don’t know. The parallel with 1981-83, when hard-left Bennism (…)

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Yeah, so I called the Labour leadership wrong. But not as badly as Labour did.

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com So I was wrong. Again.* The massed ranks of Jezzabelles and Jezzabeaux have propelled their Bennite throwback to the top of their party. My wrongness, and the wrongness of others like me who failed to predict (…)

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My must-reads this week September 11, 2015

by Stephen Tall on September 11, 2015

You can read all the articles that have caught my attention this week here: https://delicious.com/stephentall Below are a selection… My Blair Lady shuts early. Next, Jezza Corbs Superstar | The Times Funny, harsh and fair by @patrick_kidd on the failure (…)

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My desert island choice of top political columnists

by Stephen Tall on September 8, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com So here’s a list. My current eight favourite political columnists (in alphabetical order): 1. David Aaronovitch – The very definition of passionate pragmatism, ‘muscular liberalism’ (a phrase associated with Mark Oaten) is how I think of (…)

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