Posts Tagged “alex salmond”

Europe and the Election (2): In defence of Nicola Sturgeon

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

(You can read Europe and the Election (1): Blair’s back, but wrong here.) Nicola Sturgeon has taken some stick today for hinting the SNP might call for another independence referendum in their 2016 Scottish parliament manifesto, despite Alex Salmond having previously said (…)

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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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Alex Salmond to make Westminster comeback – threat to Lib Dem seat of Gordon?

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2014

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has hinted he might make a comeback at Westminster, as the BBC reports: Alex Salmond has said he has not made up his mind whether or not to stand for a Westminster seat at the next general election. The outgoing Scottish first minister was asked on the BBC’s Question […]

Why 40% is the magic number in the Scottish referendum

by Stephen Tall on July 6, 2014

For some reason, 40% is a figure which has long exerted political significance. That devolution for Scotland wasn’t introduced in 1979 wasn’t because a majority of those who voted didn’t want it: by 52% to 48% the Scottish voted in favour of establishing a Scottish parliament. However, a Labour MP, George Cunningham, introduced an amendment […]

Who’s afraid of Scottish independence?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2014

The last month has seen the ‘Yes Scotland’ independence campaign take a battering. First, Mark Carney raised doubts about Alex Salmond’s plans for a post-independence currency union between Scotland and the remainder of the UK. This warning was echoed when, with more naked partisanship, George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls teamed up to state […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #18: Theresa May & Michael Moore

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2012

Welcome to the 18th in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases public figures who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism, highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from beyond […]

In other news… Mensch sticks up for Clegg, Rennie takes on Salmond, Bristol mayoral election latest & other stories

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… On day UKUncut protestors targeted Clegg family home, Tory MP Louise Mensch urges people to donate £5 to Lib Dem funds (ConHome) Louise Mensch, the Tory MP for Corby is recommending that her followers donate £5 to […]

On THAT insulting Economist front cover which disgracefully pokes fun at a proud country for its financial frailty

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2012

I mean how DARE they? How very dare they: The Economist, 27 Jan 2011 Elsewhere, the magazine-which-calls-itself-a-newspaper has analysed the prospects of Scotland if it decides to declare UDI from the United Kingdom. It has produced a terrifically balanced assessment (…)

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In other news… Kemp4Liverpool, Duwayne4London, Tod4Winchester, Salmond4Inquiry, and more…

by Stephen Tall on April 9, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Liverpool elected mayor candidates announced (BBC News) Twelve candidates have been nominated to stand as Liverpool’s first directly elected mayor. Nominations closed at midday and voters will go to the polls on 3 May. Among the 12 […]

LDV Caption Competition: David Cameron & Alex Salmond “Who’ll take the Highland?” Edition

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond meeting recently to discuss the fate of the Untied [sic] Kingdom. What do you think might be being said or thought by or about them? And […]