Posts Tagged “ed balls”

Dealing with Labour’s mess, Part 93: Lib Dems secure future of post offices

by Stephen Tall on January 24, 2012

Remember the last Labour government’s record on post offices? Their numbers fell by more than 7,100, or 38%. But not any more, as a result of Lib Dem action within the Coalition — as Lib Dem Voice first reported here almost 18 months ago. This is how the Press Association reports it: The Government has […]

‘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 […]

Labour’s odd messaging: how the party was for reversing Coalition cuts before it was against them

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2011

Mark Pack has already highlighted the pitfalls of political opponents commentating on other parties’ conferences. And he’s right of course. But it didn’t stop him, so I won’t let it stop me… I am genuinely puzzled by Labour’s key messages based on the first two days of their conference. Day 1 kicked off with the […]

Labour reshuffle: Ed Miliband unveils Continuity Gordon Brown Party

by Stephen Tall on January 20, 2011

The Lib Dem response to Ed Balls’ appointment as Labour’s shadow chancellor, replacing Alan Johnson, has been swift. Stephen Williams, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Treasury Committee, commented: “I wish Alan Johnson good luck for the future. “The decision to appoint Ed Balls as Shadow Chancellor shows that the Labour Party is now determined […]

Ed Miliband’s home affairs appointments: can we really take him seriously on civil liberties?

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2010

One of the more cheering bits of Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour party conference was his pledge that the party under his leadership would once again take seriously the issue of civil liberties, of individual rights My generation recognises too that government can itself become a vested interest when it comes to civil liberties. […]

First thoughts on Ed Miliband’s election as Labour leader

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Here are some first thoughts on what Ed Miliband’s wafer-thin election victory in the contest to lead Labour might mean… 1. He’s going to have to work hard to prove he’s his own man. There’s no doubt the right-wing press and the Conservatives will do all they can to show Ed Miliband is little more […]

LDV survey: Lib Dem members think Mili-D would make best Labour leader (but Balls would be best for us)

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the early race for the party presidency, the London mayoral selection, Trident, and the Labour leadership. Over 400 party members have responded, and we’ve been publishing the full results. This Saturday we find out who will be the next […]

Who would get your vote in the Labour leadership contest?

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2010

The weekend papers were full of speculation about the Labour leadership contest, which as it draws to a close appears to be a nail-bitingly close finish between the Brothers Miliband. According to pollster YouGov, Ed Miliband is set to sneak victory by the closest of margins after second preferences are taken into account; though the […]

Dave reckons Mili-D’s the biggest threat: for the record, so do I

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

David Cameron has ‘let it be known’ (ie, his press team briefed the Guardian) that shadow foreign secretary David Miliband “poses the greatest threat to the Conservative party of all the candidates in the Labour leadership contest”. How to interpret this? Is Dave’s backing of David a cunning bluff: the Tory leader backing the most […]

Want to know who the most liberal Labour leadership contender is?

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2010

Before the election, Lib Dem Voice launched How Authoritarian is your MP?, a website which ranked how authoritarian – or liberal – were MPs in the 2005-10 parliament based on their voting record on 10 key issues. These ranged from ID cards to detention without trial to freedom of speech.
The five candidates for the […]