Posts Tagged “economy”

David Laws: let’s cut taxes and spending. For once, I’m unconvinced. Here’s why…

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2012

David Laws has earned himself a generous write-up in today’s Telegraph, with the paper which triggered his resignation from the cabinet two years ago hailing his ‘radical vision of a liberal state’, and lamenting with crocodile tears that his downfall was ‘a great loss to the Cabinet’. The cause is an interview David has given […]

The 5 myths about the UK economy which it suits everyone to perpetuate

by Stephen Tall on June 18, 2012

The economy is the big issue: it was at the last general election, it has dominated and will dominate this parliament, and it will be the big issue at the 2015 general election. Yet trying to get behind the political rhetoric to discover the economic reality is surprisingly tricky. The purpose of this post is […]

LDV poll: More than half Lib Dem members back ‘new approach’ to boost economic growth

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2012

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. Some 560 party members responded, and we’re publishing the full results. 54% of Lib Dems back ‘new approach’; but 27% say ‘stick with Plan A’ LDV asked: Thinking about […]

Clegg calls for Coalition to “shift up a gear” on the economy

by Stephen Tall on May 25, 2012

Nick Clegg has said the Coalition Government’s economic policy needs to “shift up a gear”, following news yesterday that the UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the first three months of the year, down on the initial estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing a contraction of 0.2%. Here’s Nick speaking on BBC2′s […]

Nick Clegg on the double-dip recession: “our answers are the right ones to repair the damage done”

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2012

Nick Clegg spoke this morning to the Institute of Directors, shortly after the announcement that the Office of National Statistics estimates that the economy contracted by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012 — a second quarter of shrinkage that officially means the UK is once again in recession. Here’s what he had to […]

LDVideo: Danny Alexander on the Coalition’s economic record

by Stephen Tall on January 26, 2012

Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander was grilled by BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman on Wednesday night about the UK’s negative growth figures — here’s what Danny had to say about the Coalition’s economic strategy: (Available on the BBC website here.) * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and also writes […]

‘There but for the grace of…’ A couple of things Lib Dems should consider before joining the attacks on Ed Balls

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2012

Tempting though the schadenfreude is, I think Lib Dems would be wise not to enjoy too much Labour’s discomfort at Ed Balls’ decision to declare Labour cannot promise to reverse any of the Coalition’s cuts. I can of course entirely understand the urge to shout ‘Ha! Told you so’ at the shadow chancellor. In an […]

What Lib Dem members think of George Osborne’s autumn statement (and the two measures they oppose)

by Stephen Tall on December 14, 2011

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. Some 550 party members responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. Lib Dem members give thumbs-up (mostly) to Osborne’s autumn statement Two weeks ago, the Chancellor George Osborne […]

Forget about abolishing Labour’s shadow cabinet elections, Ed. That’s not the battle you need to win.

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2011

It’s been a tough few weeks for Labour leader Ed Miliband, with increasing mutterings internally and in the media with his performance, culminating in this week’s ICM poll showing him to be less popular than Nick Clegg. On the upside, he’s starting to score points off David Cameron at PMQs, a crucible of irrelevance to […]

Does Labour have a ‘Plan B’ for the economy at the next election?

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2011

The question is repeatedly asked of the Coalition and its economic policy of deficit reduction: do you have a Plan B? (It is, by the way, a ludicrous question to ask — Steve Richards, the left-leaning Independent commentator, has acknowledged as much: ‘The debate is silly because no Chancellor can acknowledge an alternative route in […]