Posts Tagged “centre forum”

The Tory politician who just escaped being this week’s Liberal Villain

by Stephen Tall on January 11, 2013

I’m pretty rubbish at choosing Liberal Villains for my CentreForum series. I think I’ve chosen three in six months. I generally prefer to say “Well done, good on you” than “You failed, you illiberal bit of evil”. That’s probably why (…)

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I feel there must be a caption competition in Tim Farron’s expression here…

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2012

I was on the panel for CentreForum’s first fringe debate of the conference season this lunch-time (held jointly with the Institute for Government and Policy Exchange). I’ll jot down some of what I said later, but in the meantime here’s (…)

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This week’s CentreForum ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #2 (as chosen by me) – Michael Gove

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

Cross-posted from CentreForum… Welcome to the second in a new series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public (…)

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Nick Clegg on the double-dip recession: “our answers are the right ones to repair the damage done”

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2012

Nick Clegg spoke this morning to the Institute of Directors, shortly after the announcement that the Office of National Statistics estimates that the economy contracted by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012 — a second quarter of shrinkage that officially means the UK is once again in recession. Here’s what he had to […]

Chris Nicholson resigns as CentreForum chief executive, appointed Ed Davey’s new special advisor

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2012

When Chris Huhne resigned as energy and climate change secretary last month, he didn’t just create a vacancy in the cabinet — his departure also triggered some musical chairs elsewhere. The same day Ed Davey was appointed Chris Huhne’s sucessor, Duncan Brack and Joel Kenrick departed as Chris’s special advisors. You can read Duncan’s take […]

Tuition fees: three quick reflections on this week’s debate

by Stephen Tall on February 2, 2012

I’ve blogged a few times this week about the post-£9k tuition fees university application figures — here are a further three quick thoughts: Mature students Largely missing from the media’s coverage of the headline-grabbing drop in overall applications, is the (…)

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LDVideo: Nick Clegg calls for ‘John Lewis economy’

by Stephen Tall on January 17, 2012

Nick Clegg yesterday called on more British companies to offer shares to their employees, arguing it will improve productivity and unlock growth: “We don’t believe our problem is too much capitalism – we think it’s that too few people have capital.” (Also available on the BBC website here.) * You can read Nick’s speech in […]

News in Brief: Ming savages Danny, ‘Parenting Matters’, and Don Foster on “rodents with wings”

by Stephen Tall on August 6, 2011

Former party leader Ming Campbell is apparently furious with fellow Scottish Lib Dem, Danny Alexander, according to the Telegraph. The two MPs are, it appears, at each others’ metaphorical throats over the handing over to the British army of RAF Leuchars in Fife (Ming’s patch), while RAF Lossiemouth in Moray (Danny’s neighbouring patch) — though […]

The Guardian asks, “What happens if Cameron loses?”

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2010

Here’s a bit of fun speculation, at least if you’re not a Tory. Let’s suppose most of the last 10 days’ polls are right, and David Cameron’s Tories are destined to have fewer MPs than Labour in the House of Commons (even if they win more votes) – what would the Tories do?
That’s the […]

Why I’m sticking up for the Taxpayers’ Alliance. Sort of.

by Stephen Tall on December 21, 2009

Today’s Guardian is full of righteous indignation about the allegation that the Taxpayers’ Alliance has set up a charitable arm to claim Gift Aid on donations from wealthy backers, Tory tax allies ’subsidised’ by the taxpayer:

A campaign group which claims to represent the interests of ordinary taxpayers is using a charitable arm which gives it […]