Posts Tagged “economy”

Forget about the Greens, it’s still the economy which should worry Labour most

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2015

Over at this morning’s edition of The Times’s Red Box email, Philip Webster says, “I’m still looking for the “killer question” that tells us who the nation wants to form the next government”. I think the one reported today is (…)

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Nick and Vince on the economy: Compare and Contrast

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2014

Nick Clegg today says the Coalition stuck to Plan A: Despite the endless clamour to change course on our economic strategy, we held our nerve and resisted calls for a Plan B – and it’s paying off. Vince Cable last night points (…)

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YouGov: Nick edges Vince on economic trust

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2013

Which politician (or combination of politicians) would the public most trust to run the British economy? That’s the question YouGov asked, and here are results courtesy the PLMR blog: Overall David Cameron has the single best economic trust figure (35%) followed by Ed Miliband (30%). As you might expect this breaks broadly on party lines: […]

YouGov: Nick edges Vince on economic trust

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2013

Which politician (or combination of politicians) would the public most trust to run the British economy? That’s the question YouGov asked, and here are results courtesy the PLMR blog: Overall David Cameron has the single best economic trust figure (35%) followed by Ed Miliband (30%). As you might expect this breaks broadly on party lines: […]

Economy motion carried: Nick Clegg wins overwhelming backing from Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

Lib Dem conference has spoken — and it has overwhelmingly backed Nick Clegg. Before the debate I had a hunch the result would be somewhat different. Though Nick had shrugged off a reported split with Vince Cable as “a storm in a tea cup”, I thought Vince’s obvious discontent with the decision to make this […]

The Lib Dem conference economy debate: Nick Clegg raises the stakes. He’ll have only himself to blame if he loses

by Stephen Tall on September 16, 2013

After a weekend of averted rows – nuclear power and ‘fracking’ supported, axeing of tuition fees dropped – today’s debate on the economy will see a return to Lib Dem conference tradition: a dust-up between the leadership and the activists. A year ago, there was a poorly coordinated attempt by Lib Dem members within the […]

As economy begins to recover, Lib Dem members swing in favour of Coalition’s strategy

by Stephen Tall on August 1, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 600 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. Lib Dem members swing in favour of Coalition’s economic policies Thinking of the current […]

The economy is growing again. But that’s no reason to think the voters will be grateful.

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2013

What a difference 3 months makes. As late as 24th April, the fear was the UK economy might be slipping into a ‘triple dip’ recession. That was a bullet dodged. Then a month ago, on 27 June, we discovered the ‘double dip’ recession never actually happened after all. That was a bullet extracted. Today, the […]

Nick, Vince and Danny lead Lib Dem charge to “balance the books, find new ways to create jobs and growth”

by Stephen Tall on July 13, 2013

Be warned: we’re under starter’s orders for the general election. Today, the Lib Dem leadership sets out its plans on the economy for approval by the party conference this autumn, striking a neat balance between a strong defence of the Lib Dem record in government and a recognition that much still needs to be done […]

Relief as 0.3% GDP growth shows economy flat-lining not shrinking. Has the Coalition’s mid-term slump bottomed out?

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2013

Reading too much into quarterly GDP figures is, of course, a mug’s game. They’re noticed mainly by avid Westminster-watchers and frequently revised both up and down. None of that means they don’t matter, though. They frame the way politics is reported in the here and now. And that can affect what happens in the future. […]



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