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Liberal Heroes of the Week #82: David Willetts and Douglas Carswell

by Stephen Tall on January 4, 2015

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Research Associate at CentreForum.  David Willetts Conservative MP, former universities minister Reason: for opposing his party’s plan to cut back the numbers of overseas students So often this column is a toss-up: do I make person X a ‘Liberal Hero’ for opposing […]

Why Lib Dems shouldn’t keep schtum about tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

“University tuition fee rise has not deterred poorer students from applying”. That was the headline in The Guardian this week reporting new analysis by the Independent Commission on Fees chaired by Will Hutton: The raising of tuition fees to £9,000 has not put off students from disadvantaged backgrounds from applying to university – although the […]

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 […]

The Coalition and Tuition Fees: history may well be kinder (though that may be too late for the Lib Dems)

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

One of the first posts I ever blogged, over 7 years ago, explained my support for tuition fees, and why it would be in the interests of the Lib Dems to to drop their opposition to them. Ironically, given how (…)

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As seen on Dale & Co: Why the Coalition is muddled but right about tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on July 13, 2011

Here’s my debut post for Iain Dale’s new group-blogging venture, Dale & Co, published yesterday: It’s official: Offa has today announced that 47 out of 123 universities in England will charge fees of £9,000 a year for all undergraduate courses. (…)

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In defence of David Willetts (and against political oppositional opportunism)

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2011

The political kerfuffle de jour is the news that — apparently, under Coalition plans — Wealthy parents ‘could buy their children places at elite universities’. Not surprisingly, the insta-reaction to such a headline, especially among Lib Dems still sore at (…)

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Will the tuition fees concessions be enough to win over Lib Dem MPs?

by Stephen Tall on November 3, 2010

It’s three weeks since Vince Cable announced in the House of Commons that he, on behalf of the Coalition Government, supported the broad thrust of The Browne Report’s recommendations — in particular, that tuition fees in England should be increased. This Lib Dem policy U-turn sparked the biggest outcry among party members of the Coalition […]

Vince: why I’m saying ‘No’ to the graduate tax

by Stephen Tall on October 9, 2010

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has tonight written to all Lib Dem members in anticipation of the publication next week of the report of the Browne Review (‘The Independent Review of Higher Education & Student Finance in the UK’ to give it its official title). Here’s what Vince has to […]



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