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Confessions of a Lib Dem Eurosceptic

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2016

Embed from Getty Images By Lib Dem standards, I’m something of a Eurosceptic. That is, I accept the EU is less than perfect. A lot less than perfect. I’m not alone. When I polled party members for LibDemVoice a couple (…)

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ICM poll: Labour leads Tories by 7%, Lib Dems in third place on 12%

by Stephen Tall on August 12, 2014

What a difference a month makes. In July, the Guardian’s ICM poll – the ‘gold standard’ – showed a narrow 1% Tory lead over Labour. Fast forward to August and Labour enjoys a solid 7% lead over the Tories, by 38% to 31%. The Lib Dems are in third place, unchanged on 12%, with Ukip […]

Careful, Boris. Remember what happened to the last top Tory to liken the Lib Dems to a bird?

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2013

“The sooner we are shot of the great yellow albatross, in my view, the better.” So said Boris Johnson yesterday, taking a pop at both Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. But, as a classics scholar, Boris should beware a little thing called hubris. At the 1990 Tory Party conference, Mrs Thatcher poked fun at […]

Liberal Villain of the Month: Boris Johnson

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Boris Johnson Mayor of London Reason: for believing intelligence is fixed and fee-paying schools are the only hope for bright children. There’s a lot to admire about Boris Johnson. The brilliant turn […]

Boris has a right Mair in live BBC interview

by Stephen Tall on March 24, 2013

It was a masterclass in TV interviewing from Eddie Mair, occupying Andrew Marr’s Sunday morning chair on BBC1. (You can watch an excerpt from the interview here.) With documentary-maker Michael Cockerell’s film, ‘Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise’, to be screened on Monday evening (BBC2, 9pm), Mair took the opportunity to put to the twice-elected Mayor […]

Boris’s Tory leadership chances: the lesson of Patrick Gordon Walker

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2013

A typically colourful quote from Mayor of London Boris Johnson on any ambition he might harbour one day to occupy Number 10: “I would like to be the lead singer of an international rock group. That was my aim, or a good guitarist. I would love to have been a world-famous painter or a composer. […]

Your Saturday morning reader — 8 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… No, you’re not entitled to your opinion – Patrick Stokes at The Conversation argues that proper debate relies on contested claims based on relevant expertise: just holding to your own view ain’t enough. Is The Economist left or right? – its […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #17 – Boris Johnson and Malala Yousafzai

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2012

Welcome to the 17th in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. We highlight […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #17 – Boris Johnson and Malala Yousafzai

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2012

Welcome to the 17th in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. We highlight […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Heroes of the Week’ #17 – Boris Johnson and Malala Yousafzai

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2012

Welcome to the 17th in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. We highlight […]



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