Posts Tagged “centreforum”

Is LibLabbery the future?

by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2015

‘Labour and Lib Dems to hit joint total of 339 seats, study predicts’ headlined The Guardian this week, summarising the mathematical model of Professor Paul Whiteley at the University of Essex forecasting Labour would win 291 seats and the Lib (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #85: Ruth Davidson

by Stephen Tall on January 25, 2015

Ruth Davidson Leader of the Scottish Conservatives Reason: for sticking up for human rights Raif Badawi, last week’s Liberal Hero, is too ill from the first 50 lashes he was subjected to by the Saudi authorities to have faced the (…)

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My top 3 Budget 2014 requests

by Stephen Tall on March 19, 2014

ConservativeHome asked me for some top lines about my wishes for George Osborne’s fifth budget today. Here they are… My top three requests: 1) No surprise this one: an increase in the personal allowance to £10,500 take more of the (…)

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How do we make education evidence-led?

by Stephen Tall on March 10, 2014

That was the topic up for debate on Saturday at the Lib Dem conference fringe meeting organised by CentreForum and the Social Liberal Forum. I was one of the four panellists – speaking with my day-job hat on – alongside (…)

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Here’s what I’m doing in York on Saturday

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2014

I’ve just arrived in York (my first time here: in the dark it looks very nice; I’m told in the light it will be even nicer) for the Lib Dems’ spring conference. Which is like the autumn conference, except smaller, (…)

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LibLink: Paul Marshall – England should run football the German way

by Stephen Tall on August 17, 2013

Today is the first day of competitive action in the Premiership. To mark the occasion, The Times has published an article by Paul Marshall, ‘England should run football the German way’. Paul is well-known in Lib Dem circles as chair of the liberal CentreForum think-tank and co-editor of The Orange Book. He’s also a passionate […]

A longer read for the weekend: Tim Leunig on how to increase airport capacity in the UK

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2013

Congratulations to Tim Leunig — these days a senior adviser in the Department for Education, but until recently chief economist at the CentreForum think-tank — whose report Bigger and quieter: the right answer for aviation was the winner this week of the economic and financial category at Prospect Magazine’s Think Tank of the Year Awards […]

University application rates from disadvantaged areas: my ‘grounds for cautious optimism’ graph

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2013

Over at LibDemVoice today, Mark Pack has produced an interesting graph showing an important trend: the narrowing gap in university application rates between 18 year-olds from the most disadvantaged areas and the most advantaged areas. Here’s my less sophisticated graphical (…)

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Your essential weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2013

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices culled from all those I’ve linked to this last week. You can follow me on Delicious here. Political predictions: as the year ends, what does 2013 hold for the main party leaders? – Andrew Rawnsley sanely assesses the 12 months to […]

Your essential weekend reader — 8 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Three big things I’ve got wrong since I’ve starting blogging and commenting – ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie confesses to a trio of big errors on the NHS, higher-rate tax and equalities: “One of the many reasons I don’t want to be an […]