Posts Tagged “Europe / International”

The Swiss Wheeze: the Better Off Out argument that’s full of holes

by Stephen Tall on April 3, 2014

If only we were Switzerland, eh? That’s the dream of the Better Off Out brigade, who long for its freedom as part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). And it’s a tempting offer: all the benefits of free trade with EU member states, and (if you believe Nigel Farage, Dan Hannan et al) none […]

Latest Euro poll shows how, in this May’s elections, every %-age point matters for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on March 28, 2014

Interest in the outcome of May’s European elections is picking up, at least judged by the number of polls the newspapers are commissioning – four have been published in the last fortnight. Here’s the average support for the parties: Labour – 30% Ukip – 26% Conservative – 24% Lib Dems – 9% Converting that into […]

Your essential Nick v Nigel debate reader: 15 articles to get you match-fit ahead of tonight’s live encounter

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2014

Today’s the day of the first Nick v Nigel debate. Here’s your essential reader ahead of tonight’s first encounter between the Lib Dem and Ukip leaders… Three LibDemVoice articles… First, let’s recall how the debate came about – Nick Clegg challenged Nigel Farage to the debate live on his LBC radio phone-in last month: “It’s […]

Lib Dems as ‘The Party of IN’ – Clegg’s pro-European strategy starts to pay off

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2014

Kudos to Nick Clegg and his team, including his director of strategy Ryan Coetzee. The gambit of issuing a personal challenge to Nigel Farage to debate Nick on Europe has been accepted not only by the Ukip leader, but also now by the media. As Caron Lindsay reported here this morning – #NickvNigel – We […]

“The EU has provided us with the best Europe we’ve ever had”

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

That was the claim in this very interesting essay by Robert Cooper – a visiting professor at the London School of Economic and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations – in last week’s New Statesman. In it, he mounts a staunch defence of parliamentary democracy as the best way of deciding such […]

“The EU has provided us with the best Europe we’ve ever had”

by Stephen Tall on January 18, 2014

That was the claim in this very interesting essay by Robert Cooper – a visiting professor at the London School of Economic and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations – in last week’s New Statesman. In it, he mounts a staunch defence of parliamentary democracy as the best way of deciding such […]

First Euro poll of 2014 shows Lib Dems at 7%. Can we make being ‘The Party of IN’ work for us by the time of the real election?

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2014

The first poll this year asking how people will vote in May’s European elections has been published today by YouGov. It gives the following headline ratings compared with the last elections in 2009: Conservative 17% (-11%) Labour 24% (+8%) Lib Dem 7% (-7%) Ukip 19% (+2%) Feed these numbers (plus those for the Greens, SNP/Plaid […]

5 reasons not to assume the FDP wipeout in the German elections will happen here in the UK

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2013

An amazing result for Angela Merkel, increasing her vote and almost winning an absolute majority for the conservative CDU in her third election. A dire one for the liberal FDP, eliminated from the German Bundestag after failing to cross the 5% popular vote threshold – from 93 seats to 0 in one go. Ouch. Part […]

** Lib Dem members’ poll results on Syria ** Military intervention: 25% say No, 7% say Yes. 62% say Yes BUT…

by Stephen Tall on August 29, 2013

Lib Dem Voice yesterday polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of the situation in Syria. Some 580 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results today. The survey remains open and we’ll update these results in the next day or so if they change. Lib Dem members: opposed […]

An in/out EU referendum? Lib Dem members say no, by 55% to 36%

by Stephen Tall on August 13, 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. 55% of Lib Dems oppose in/out EU referendum The next Conservative election manifesto will [...]



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