Posts Tagged “featured”

6 British Pathé video clips of ex-Liberal leaders from 1931 to 1967

by Stephen Tall on April 17, 2014

Sir John Simon speaks to the Nation. “Let us give to the Prime Minister a firm mandate in the name of the whole nation” (1931) General Election Aka Pathe Election Forum: “It was to make Britons free that the Liberal Party came into being” (Sir Archibald Sinclair, 1945) Election Address – Liberal Party: “The people […]

What Jeremy Browne did – and DIDN’T – tell The Times about the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2014

Lib Dems ‘are pointless’ – that’s today’s Times front page lead, reporting an interview it carries with Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne. You might imagine, therefore, that Jeremy Browne had at some point in his interview said the Lib Dems “are pointless”. But if you read the article you’ll be disappointed. He doesn’t say it. […]

UPDATED: Full list of Lib Dems standing in our held seats and top 50 targets

by Stephen Tall on April 6, 2014

We’re little more than a year from the May 2015 election so here’s my latest running check on how candidate selection is going in our held and key target seats… I published a first draft of this list at the start of October, and asked readers to help me update it. Many thanks to those […]

Chart of the day: how spending on day-to-day public services will have been cut by 37% by 2018-19

by Stephen Tall on April 4, 2014

It is simply not true – as our critics on the left pretend – that we are slashing and burning the state. By the end of this Parliament, public spending will still be 42% of GDP. That’s higher than at any time between 1995 and when the banks crashed, in 2008. Nick Clegg, 10th March […]

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 […]

Nick v Nigel: the polls call it for Farage. Disappointing, but don’t panic! Here’s 3 reasons why you shouldn’t…

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2014

Last week we had one post-debate poll. It showed Farage won overall, but the split was more interesting: Labour and Lib Dem voters went for Nick, Tory and Ukippers for Nigel. As you’d probably expect. This week we had two post-debate polls, and their results are remarkably similar. ICM says Clegg was reckoned to have […]

Time for Nick Clegg to ditch the “Great Britain not Little England” line

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2014

“Great Britain not little England” – it was a line Nick Clegg used in his recent Spring conference speech, setting up the new political dividing lines between those who are optimistic, outward-looking, progressive pro-Europeans and those who are gloomy, isolationst, reactionary anti-Europeans. It’s a line he used again in this week’s Nick v Nigel debate. […]

A longer read for the weekend: How important will incumbency be to the Lib Dems in 2015?

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2014

Last year I wrote a piece, So, about that Lib Dem wipeout in 2015 then…, highlighting that – though the polls are grim for the Lib Dems – the assumption of many pundits that this will automatically translate into Lib Dem annihilation at the next election is flawed. That brief analysis was based on looking […]

A longer read for the weekend: How important will incumbency be to the Lib Dems in 2015?

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2014

Last year I wrote a piece, So, about that Lib Dem wipeout in 2015 then…, highlighting that – though the polls are grim for the Lib Dems – the assumption of many pundits that this will automatically translate into Lib Dem annihilation at the next election is flawed. That brief analysis was based on looking […]

YouGov’s Nick v Nigel poll: Clegg wins with Labour, Lib Dem voters; Farage with Tory, Ukip voters

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2014

My overall view of last night’s Nick v Nigel debate was that Mr Reasonable won it. But then I would think that, wouldn’t I? What did rest of the British public think? Well, the vast, vast majority of rest of the British public would have had no view either way: they didn’t watch it. But […]



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