Posts Tagged “british future”

How should Lib Dems talk about immigration and Europe?

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com We saw the wrong way to talk about immigration last week – Theresa May’s “awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible speech to the Conservative Party conference ” (© Daily Telegraph). But what’s the liberal / LibDem (…)

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Who are the three groups of voters more likely to vote Lib Dem in 2015? I was surprised…

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2015

An interesting snippet from British Future’s excellent State of the Nation 2015 report: In the State of the Nation poll, first time voters (14%), ethnic minority respondents (15%) and those born abroad (12%) were more likely to say they plan to vote (…)

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Liberal Heroes of the Week #82: David Willetts and Douglas Carswell

by Stephen Tall on January 4, 2015

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Research Associate at CentreForum.  David Willetts Conservative MP, former universities minister Reason: for opposing his party’s plan to cut back the numbers of overseas students So often this column is a toss-up: do I make person X a ‘Liberal Hero’ for opposing […]

How Lib Dems should talk about immigration

by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2014

This week saw the publication of an important report from the think-tank British Future called ‘How to talk about immigration’. Its central thrust is that the majority of the British public’s views about immigration are more moderate, pragmatic and nuanced than the polarising debate often allows: How to talk about immigration challenges both the pro […]

My open borders immigration policy is, I admit, a fantasy. The pro-immigration case has to be rooted in reality

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here yesterday. My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman and Mark Wallace, for giving a Lib Dem space to provoke – constructively, I hope. I gave a (…)

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“Label the behaviour not the person”: why we shouldn’t call Ukip a racist party

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2014

For once I’m going to agree with Nigel Farage. Speaking at a rally this week, he pleaded with the media and public, “from this moment on please do not ever call us a racist party. We are not a racist party.” As rallying cries go, it’s not the most ambitious. But, then, Ukip’s not an […]

The Nigel Farage Paradox: the higher his public profile, the lower is public support to leave the EU

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2014

Here is the Nigel Farage paradox: the more that Ukip’s media profile, poll rating and party membership has grown over the last two years, the more that support for the party’s core mission – that Britain should leave the European Union – seems to have shrunk. Sunder Katwala, director of British Future (New Statesman, 3 […]

Time for Nick Clegg to ditch the “Great Britain not Little England” line

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2014

“Great Britain not little England” – it was a line Nick Clegg used in his recent Spring conference speech, setting up the new political dividing lines between those who are optimistic, outward-looking, progressive pro-Europeans and those who are gloomy, isolationst, reactionary anti-Europeans. It’s a line he used again in this week’s Nick v Nigel debate. […]

Farage says Britain’s becoming “unrecognisable”. But the British public says our sense of belonging is increasing.

by Stephen Tall on March 2, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was dog-whistling for all he was worth at his party’s spring conference this week: “In scores of our cities and market towns, this country, in a short space of time, has, frankly, become unrecognisable. Whether it is the impact on local schools and hospitals, whether it is the fact that in […]

Farage says Britain’s becoming “unrecognisable”. But the British public says our sense of belonging is increasing.

by Stephen Tall on March 2, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was dog-whistling for all he was worth at his party’s spring conference this week: “In scores of our cities and market towns, this country, in a short space of time, has, frankly, become unrecognisable. Whether it is the impact on local schools and hospitals, whether it is the fact that in […]



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