Posts Tagged “david cameron”

Election notebook #5: This really is the last time I’ll write about Tim Farron and gay sex

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2017

I’d intended already to have said my last on the “does Tim Farron believe gay sex is a sin?” thing which Channel 4’s Cathy Newman has been banging on about, egged on by fellow hacks and lefty tweeters who enjoy (…)

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Confessions of a Lib Dem Eurosceptic

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2016

Embed from Getty Images By Lib Dem standards, I’m something of a Eurosceptic. That is, I accept the EU is less than perfect. A lot less than perfect. I’m not alone. When I polled party members for LibDemVoice a couple (…)

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Who will speak for England? Turns out, it’s David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2016

Much deserved mockery greeted the Daily Mail’s portentous front page plea for a plucky patriot to take up cudgels on behalf of Brexit: Today the Mail asks a question of profound significance to our destiny as a sovereign nation and (…)

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Cameron’s speech: a triumph of right-wing virtue-signalling made possible by Labour’s abdication as a credible opposition

by Stephen Tall on October 8, 2015

View image | I didn’t watch David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative conference in Manchester yesterday. Like much of the country I was at work. But the insta-reaction of journalists was generally positive — here was a Tory leader (…)

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FAO all leadership contenders: “Clever politicians push against the grain of their own party”

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2015

View image | The Times’s Philip Collins writes today about the political savviness of George Osborne’s sudden conversion to a higher minimum wage than promised by Ed Miliband (£9/hour by 2020, compared with £8/hour): There are two lessons here (…)

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The Economist is right. Liberalism is winning. Which could be bad news for the Lib Dems in 2020

by Stephen Tall on May 19, 2015

“Mr Clegg lost not because liberalism is under threat but because it has become mainstream.” That’s the striking, counter-intuitive conclusion of this week’s Economist, examining the reasons for the massacre of Lib Dems at the polls: Another explanation for the (…)

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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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Cameron’s conference: Giveaway budgets are dead! Long live giveaway speeches!

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2014

Politicians don’t do giveaway budgets any more. It seems just too blatant to ‘bribe’ voters a matter of weeks before an election. Instead politicians now do giveaway leaders’ speeches. Nick Clegg pulled a policy rabbit out of the hat last year by finding a spare £500m a year for free school meals for infants. And […]

What if… David Davis had won the Tory leadership contest in 2005?

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2014

What-ifs are, as Peter Snow would say, just a bit of fun: a counter-factual parlour game for historians. It is impossible to know exactly how one event ricocheting off in a different direction would have altered the subsequent reality. This one does genuinely intrigue me, though: What if David Davis had won the Tory leadership […]

Dear Daily Telegraph, Enough already. It’s actually okay for MPs to claim 11p for a ruler.

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2014

So the Telegraph is back to its old tricks on expenses. Five years ago, the paper uncovered some serious abuses by MPs at the taxpayers’ expense – along the way, the paper was also (as I wrote at the time) “guilty of flaky fact-checking, unfair distortions and disgraceful smears”. Yesterday the paper attempted, rather desperately, […]