Posts Tagged “coalition government”

Osborne’s budget: who reckons the Lib Dems would have cheered it if we’d still been in government?

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2015

View image | A couple of months ago I highlighted a potential pitfall for the Lib Dems of assuming the post-Coalition Tories would “revert to type, that their swivel-eyed, nut-job element will triumph”: For the past five years, David (…)

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‘Will the UK political marriage survive?’

by Stephen Tall on August 17, 2012

I took part in a panel discussion on Voice of Russia radio yesterday on the subject ‘Will the UK political marriage survive?’. Here’s how it was billed, and you can listen to the half-hour programme below… With strained ties between (…)

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Mike Moritz’s gift to Oxford: a couple of thoughts from me

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2012

Oxford University was yesterday able to unveil what is probably the largest ever pledged donation towards student financial assistance in the history of any European university. The bountiful benefactor? Mike Moritz, Welsh son of an academic emigre father who fled (…)

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Coalition’s Charity Tax U-turn: the lessons that charities and the Government need to learn

by Stephen Tall on May 31, 2012

I asked two days ago if the Government’s ‘Pasty Tax’ U-turn would herald a reversal of the ‘Charity Tax’. I got word this morning that this was indeed on the cards: Charity Tax U-turn imminent from Government? That’s what I’m (…)

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One way to cure Lib Dem masochism – what I wrote for the Grauniad

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2010

Over at The Guardian’s Comment is Free website I have an article proposing the Lib Dem leadership take a Coalition chill-pill, and start disagreeing more openly with our Conseravtive partners… We’re masochists: it’s the only explanation that makes any sense. (…)

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Daily Mail slowly catching up with realities of coalition government

by Stephen Tall on May 22, 2010

To mock the Daily Mail is, however satisfying and amusing, to largely miss the point: it is its own best self-parody. Today’s a case in point, as it dawns on the paper that a coalition government actually does mean the Lib Dems have some power. Devoid of irony, the Mail explodes with outrage:

Clegg’s power grab: […]

PollWatch: views of the coalition government and party leaders

by Stephen Tall on May 21, 2010

Two polls have been published this week offering some early sense of public perceptions of the Lib Dem / Conservative coalition government, and how they rate the party leaders.
Public views of the coalition government
Angus Reid discovered that, overall, 58% of the public strongly/moderately approve of the coalition, while 31% strongly/moderately disapprove – that’s a net […]