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Nick launches 'In The Know' to save taxpayers' money

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2009

Nick Clegg has today launched the Lib Dems’ ‘Ask the People in the Know’ project inviting public sector workers to help identify ways in which government can cut out waste while protecting services in order to save taxpayers’ money. Anyone (…)

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Open primaries: should the Lib Dems adopt the 'Totnes model'?

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2009

The announcement from Totnes of the winner of the Tories’ first ‘open primary’ – in which the party’s Parliamentary candidate has been chosen not by party members, but by over 16,000 voters in the constituency – will prompt all political parties to ask the simple question: is this the future? Stephen Tall asks if the Lib Dems should adopt the ‘open primaries’ system.

Lib Dem bloggers’ summer reading (Part I)

by Stephen Tall on July 19, 2009

For me, it’s the most difficult decision of the year – which books to take with me on holiday. So, I thought, what could be better than to pick the brains of my fellow Lib Dem bloggers, and ask them (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 3 July 2009

by Stephen Tall on July 3, 2009

2 Big Stories Is homphobia still rife on the Tory benches? That’s the allegation from Labour cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw: Ben Bradshaw has said “a deep strain of homophobia still exists on the Conservative benches”. Mr Bradshaw, one of three (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 1 July 2009

by Stephen Tall on July 1, 2009

2 Big Stories British economy in worst state in over half a century Perhaps it’s the sweltering weather, perhaps recession fatigue has set in, but there is little reaction to yesterday’s startling news that the British economy contracted by 2.4% (…)

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Does anyone really think the Tories have changed?

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2009

There’s been much Westminster Village debate today surrounding Jenni Russell’s article in the Guardian arguing that there are only 10 genuine ‘Cameron progressives’ in the Tory party (Tim Montgomerie at ConservativeHome can only name 6) – both figures, by the (…)

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Was Chris Huhne right to say Geert Wilders should be banned from the UK?

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2009

As the BBC reports: A Dutch MP who called the Koran a “fascist book” has been sent back to the Netherlands after attempting to defy a ban on entering the UK. Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders had been invited to (…)

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NEW POLL: was the BBC right to ban Carol Thatcher from The One Show?

by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2009

I’ve avoided for as long as possible the uber-hyped ‘nowtrage’ over Carol Thatcher’s off-air-but-in-the-studio comment that a still-to-be-identified tennis player looks like a ‘golliwog’. It does of course pose lots of interesting questions for liberals: the conflict between freedom of (…)

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How would you make the positive case for Europe?

by Stephen Tall on January 12, 2009

The countdown to elections to the European Parliament – to be held in tandem with local government elections on 10th June – is now on. Last week, here on LDV, the Lib Dems’ vice-chair of our Euro election campaign, Willie (…)

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