Posts Tagged “bagehot”

The Economist: ‘Grassroots Lib Dems are much keener on coalition than Tories’

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2012

The Economist’s political commentator ‘Bagehot’ this week surveys the attitudes of Lib Dems towards the Coalition at the mid-term point — I particularly like its opening: THE Somerset village of Chew Magna, with its sleepy pub and Georgian houses, seems an odd setting for prognostications about Britain’s political future. But prognosticate the local Liberal Democrats […]

The state of Britain: cause for some optimistic pessimism

by Stephen Tall on July 1, 2012

David Rennie has been the pen behind the pseudonymous Bagehot column, which appears weekly in The Economist, since 2010. During that time he has been deservedly recognised as the most acute commentator, bar none, writing on British politics. Not that I’ve always agreed with him, not least his indulgence of hoary old cliches with which […]

“A shitty time to be a liberal”: The Economist’s must-read piece on the Clegg paradox (and 2 reasons why it’s wrong)

by Stephen Tall on February 19, 2012

There’s a must-read column by The Economist’s Bagehot this week focusing on the Lib Dems’ dilemmas, titled The Clegg paradox. It’s a serious and weighty analysis, which asks some uncomfortable questions of the party’s strategy. Here’s it’s conclusion: At a recent meeting of the Lib Dem parliamentary party, Tim Farron, an ambitious left-winger and party […]

Why was this Lib Dem conference cheerful? Simple: because it mattered.

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2011

The Economist’s pseudonymous political commentator Bagehot devotes his column this week to the Liberal Democrats, analysing the mood of serenity which prevailed at this year’s party conference to the surprise (and chagrin) of the media. He notes that activists were cheered by the anti-Tory rhetoric that pervaded speeches by Tim Farron, Chris Huhne and Vince […]

The Saturday Debate: Local government is to the Lib Dems what the unions are to Labour and big business is to the Tories

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… I was struck by this recent article by the Economist’s political columnist Bagehot, headlined When progressive actually means misanthropic, reflecting on the Lib Dem conference, and specifically the debate on free schools. Highlighting that, while the […]

Of future coalitions and political alignments

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2010

Three quick links to must-read articles this past week, all with compelling arguments to make: The Cameroons already thinking the unthinkable (Bagehot, The Economist) Tory MP Nick Boles’ naively sincere suggestion the Tories and Lib Dems will band together at (…)

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Was 6th October the day it started going awry for the Tories?

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2010

The opinion polls are up-and-down day-in-day-out at the moment, making it almost impossible to say with any confidence whether we are firmly in hung parliament territory, or whether the most likely result is still a Tory victory at the coming general election. But one thing is beyond doubt: the last six months has seen a […]

Top Lib Dem asks: was Ashcroft’s peerage given under false pretences?

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2010

Today’s Telegraph reports that Lib Dem peer Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott has called for all documents relating to Tory donor Lord (Michael) Ashcroft’s peerage to be made public to establish whether the Queen conferred the honour under false pretences:
Lord Oakeshott, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, wrote to Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, urging him to publish all […]

If Gordon’s a “glum optimist” and Dave’s a “perky doom-monger”, can Nick be the “honest optimist”?

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2010

Here’s how The Economist’s Bagehot characterised the performances of Gordon Brown and David Cameron at their respective press conferences this week:
On Gordon Brown: “… [he] was his usual funereal self (even if he did manage a decent joke about the date of the general election). I thought he looked exhausted. But what he had to […]

The Kaminski row: 2 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2009

The row over David Cameron’s decision to pull the Tories out of the main centre-right European grouping, the European People’s Party (EPP), and set up a new group of “extreme and rag-bag” assorted right-wingers, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), has been simmering for months.
It’s burst into the political mainstream this week, courtesy of […]