Posts Tagged “europe”

Europe and the Election (2): In defence of Nicola Sturgeon

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

(You can read Europe and the Election (1): Blair’s back, but wrong here.) Nicola Sturgeon has taken some stick today for hinting the SNP might call for another independence referendum in their 2016 Scottish parliament manifesto, despite Alex Salmond having previously said (…)

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Europe and the Election (1): Blair’s back, but wrong

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

(You can read Europe and the Election (2): In defence of Nicola Sturgeon here.) Europe, until yesterday, was the dog that hadn’t barked in this drab election campaign — a campaign in which, for all the media-saturation, journalists seem content (…)

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European Arrest Warrant: I’m a sceptic (but not a Eurosceptic)

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2014

As I write, the House of Commons is debating the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). Well, sort of. In fact, the Speaker, John Bercow, has already pointed out that “there will not today be a vote on the specific matter of membership of the European arrest warrant”. But Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris […]

68% Lib Dem members say Clegg right to challenge Farage to debates on Europe (but, sorry Nick, more think he performed better)

by Stephen Tall on April 24, 2014

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. Over 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. The Lib Dems launch our European election campaign officially today – but […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #66: Brexit Prize-winning Iain Mansfield

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Iain Mansfield Winner of the IEA’s Brexit Prize 2014 (and Director of Trade and Investment at the UK’s embassy in the Philippines) Reason: for a serious analysis of how Britain can remain […]

As football’s January transfer window closes why not play ‘Ukip Manager’?

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Here’s a snippet from Ukip’s 2010 general election manifesto: “Ukip would place a maximum of three foreign players in the starting line-up, as this would free up places for British players in the youth academies of these teams and spur the future development of home teams.” As Paul Haydon points out here, That would force […]

CentreForum Liberal Heroes of the Week #49: Frédérique Ries, Rebecca Taylor and Chris Davies

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Frédérique Ries, Rebecca Taylor and Chris Davies MEPs within the ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) group Reason: for stopping the European Commission’s proposal that electronic cigarettes should be treated […]

Who gets what from the EU Budget

by Stephen Tall on November 26, 2012

A very handy graph from The Economist, showing how well/badly the EU’s nation states do out of the budget process — and also showing the impact of the rebates received by Britain and others:

I don’t agree with Nick. We should be in Europe to reform the EU

by Stephen Tall on November 1, 2012

Nick Clegg will today make the kind of speech which makes it very hard for Lib Dems to push the idea that our party is serious about reform of the European Union. According to the BBC, he will dismiss the chances of any significant changes to the EU’s budget: In a speech to be delivered […]

David Cameron’s a hostage to his party and the right-wing press. Thank goodness for Nick Clegg

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2011

The shockwaves from David Cameron’s decision to reject the proposed ‘Merkozy’ EU treaty is still shaking politics. The UK stands isolated from the other 26 member states. Tory Eurosceptics and, early polls suggest, a majority of the British public think the Prime Minister has played a blinder, ‘sticking up for Britain’. This is difficult territory […]



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