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Fraser Nelson’s must-read guide to utterly and completely misunderstanding the Lib Dems’ Coalition strategy

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2014

Fraser Nelson has written a must-read guide to utterly and completely misunderstanding the Lib Dems’ Coalition strategy today. My guess is he’s reliant on Tory intelligence, which in this case is an oxymoron. Much of it is the usual half-fair/half-unfair admixture of insults regularly thrown at the Lib Dems by the right-wing media. We are, […]

Are employment levels one of the “better stories” of the Coalition, as Fraser Nelson claims? Not really.

by Stephen Tall on June 6, 2013

The Spectator’s editor Fraser Nelson is — rightly — very hot on politicians being accurate in their use of stats. For instance, he’s — rightly — called out both Nick Clegg and David Cameron for confusing (whether accidentally or deliberately) the terms ‘debt’ and ‘deficit’, claiming the former is falling when they mean the latter. [...]

Fraser Nelson attacks pupil premium using report that, erm, doesn’t attack pupil premium

by Stephen Tall on April 26, 2013

Fraser Nelson is in bold form today: Spending more doesn’t improve public services. His basis for this judgement is a report prepared for the Department for Education by Deloitte (available here). If there’s a headline conclusion it’s the fairly uncontentious point that simply spending money on schools does not, in itself, guarantee good outcomes. It [...]

Liberal Heroes of the Week #23: John Kampfner, Nick Cohen & Fraser Nelson

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Welcome to the 23rd in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from [...]

A headline I didn’t expect ever to write: Tory right-wing calls for affirmative action in public sector

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

I did a bit of a double-take on reading Fraser Nelson’s latest column in the Telegraph complaining that David Cameron has been ‘strikingly relaxed’ about appointments to government-funded bodies. ‘His allies say that he has been too much of a gentleman to play Labour’s game and start stuffing quangos with Tory placemen,’ says Fraser, whose [...]

LibLink: Jonathan Portes on wealth taxes & ensuring the ‘rich’ pay their fair share

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

Jonathan Portes, director of NIESR and former senior Treasury official, is not a Lib Dem — he recently contributed to LibDemVoice to critique the Coalition’s economic policy — but he is addicted to robust evidence. And the recent spate of right-wing commentators rubbishing the Lib Dems’ call for increased wealth taxes to help tackle the [...]

What do we Lib Dems want from a reshuffle?

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2012

While the massed ranks of the mostly right-wing political commentariat obsess about the imminent Cabinet reshuffle, Lib Dem interest has been relatively muted. In one sense this isn’t surprising. As it stands, 18 of the party’s 57 MPs are on the government payroll, so Nick Clegg has little room for manouevre even among the middle [...]



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