Posts Tagged “football”

Fifa World Cup row: Lib Dem members say no to Qatar but split on 2022 boycott

by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2014

View image | gettyimages.com Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what our sample of Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 747 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Yesterday, Fifa’s independent ethics investigator Michael […]

Liberal Villain of the Month: Greg Dyke

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 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.  Greg Dyke Chairman, Football Association Reason: for proposing immigration restrictions on non-EU footballers When in doubt, blame the foreigners. It’s an attitude I expect from some on the unthinking right (and indeed […]

Safe standing at football grounds: “an idea whose time has come,” say Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on August 23, 2014

I can still remember my first ever live football match. It was a glamorous encounter between Everton and Newport County in the second round of the League Cup on 24th September 1986. A big part of what made it memorable was the electric atmosphere of the Gwladys Street stand at Goodison Park. I was nine, […]

Safe standing at football grounds: “an idea whose time has come,” say Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on August 23, 2014

I can still remember my first ever live football match. It was a glamorous encounter between Everton and Newport County in the second round of the League Cup on 24th September 1986. A big part of what made it memorable was the electric atmosphere of the Gwladys Street stand at Goodison Park. I was nine, […]

Football fan? Lib Dem? Then why not join LDV’s Fantasy Football League?

by Stephen Tall on August 2, 2014

My co-editor Caron Lindsay isn’t, it turns out, a big fan of football. But I am — that’s me there, aged about 8 — and there are a few other Lib Dems who are too. The new season properly kicks off in a fortnight’s time, 16th August. So if you fancy pitting your skills selecting […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #58: David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 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.  David Cameron Conservative leader and Prime Minister Reason: for ruling that pubs can open longer during the World Cup. Poor Norman Baker. On the social libertarian wing of the party – he’s […]

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 […]

LibLink: Paul Marshall – England should run football the German way

by Stephen Tall on August 17, 2013

Today is the first day of competitive action in the Premiership. To mark the occasion, The Times has published an article by Paul Marshall, ‘England should run football the German way’. Paul is well-known in Lib Dem circles as chair of the liberal CentreForum think-tank and co-editor of The Orange Book. He’s also a passionate […]

LDVideo: Jeremy Browne “reserves his position” on the Government’s Euro 2012 boycott

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2012

When is a boycott not a boycott? When England confounds expectations by playing well. That appears to be the more-than-a-little confusing Government message during the Euro 2012 football championships being held in Ukraine, where there are continuing concerns about its ‘selective justice’ system. No government minister has attended a match yet, and that boycott will […]

How Clegg switched sides at half-time

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2010

No, not more revelations from the memoirs of New Labour’s svengali, Lord (Peter) Mandelson – rather a diary piece by Hugh Muir in the Guardian. LDV readers may recall Nick Clegg’s conflicted loyalties in deciding whether to support Holland or Spain in Sunday’s World Cup final. It appears he found out a way to resolve […]