Posts Tagged “general election manifesto”

Is this the front page of the next Lib Dem manifesto?

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2014

Ryan Coetzee, recently appointed the Lib Dems’ General Election Director of Strategy, was snapped today clutching papers which look like they might reveal the party’s top four priorities for the 2015 manifesto. Ryan Coetzee leaving Lib Dem Political meeting before Cabinet this morning seemed to be showing me there future plans pic.twitter.com/TReplSoKwn — Political Pictures […]

Why looking back on the 2005 Lib Dem manifesto depresses me. And why The Orange Book means the 2015 manifesto will be better

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2014

What did the Lib Dem manifesto in 2005 propose? I asked myself the question when reflecting on the legacy of The Orange Book 10 years after it was published. I remember Paul Marshall, the book’s co-editor, dismissing it at a (…)

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‘Red lines’ v ‘a long shopping list’: Clegg sets out plan for slimline 2015 manifesto

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2013

Nick Clegg will be speaking today at the party’s local government conference in Manchester (Nick Thornsby will be covering it throughout the day here on LDV) and The Independent is one of the newspapers which trails what he’ll say. Here’s my quick take on the top lines on which they’ve been pre-briefed… The Deputy Prime […]

A brief (recent) history of the Lib Dems’ flagship tax-cut for the low-paid

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2013

George Osborne’s fourth budget saw him finalise the commitment to implement in full the Lib Dems’ number one manifesto commitment: taking out of income tax all those who earn less than £10k a year. It prompted this post by my Co-Editor Caron Lindsay yesterday – Why it’s worth being a member of the Liberal Democrats […]

Is 75% of the Coalition Agreement drawn from the Lib Dem manifesto? Alas, no…

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 2012

One of the key justifications for Lib Dem involvement in the Coalition — one which has comforted many party members through the first two difficult years of being the junior partner in government with the Conservatives — has been the finding that 75% of the Lib Dem manifesto appeared in the Programme for Government (commonly […]

Serious about fairness, serious about power

by Stephen Tall on April 17, 2010

I almost had an article published on the Guardian’s Comment Is Free website on Wednesday, marking the launch of the Lib Dem manifesto. For convoluted reasons it never saw the light of web – but most of it stands the test of time. Except perhaps the line suggesting the party could never hope for Nick […]

Lib Dem manifesto launch attracts media plaudits

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2010

Five years ago, I think it’s only fair to say, the Lib Dem manifesto launch was not without its hitches. Today’s was toruble-free. The website is slick and engaging, the Nick & Vince double-act showcased their complementary skills, and the media response has been almost surprisingly favourable.
In the New Statesman, James Macintyre assesses that the […]

The Guardian’s approving verdict on the Lib Dems’ manifesto principles is correct … but for the wrong reasons

by Stephen Tall on January 12, 2010

Nick Clegg will have enjoyed reading this morning’s Guardian editorial (Nick Clegg: Liberal parenting) over his breakfast porridge today. The paper commends Nick for yesterday’s launch of the principles which will underpin the Lib Dems’ election manifesto.
At the same time it betrays the Guardian’s usual unawareness of the party’s democratic decision-making principles. According to […]

Clegg's Fresh Start for Britain: education, 'green jobs', political reform

by Stephen Tall on July 22, 2009

There’s an in-depth interview with Nick Clegg in today’s Independent trailing the launch later today of ‘A Fresh Start for Britain’, a document outlining the principles on which the Lib Dems will build our general election manifesto. Here’s how the (…)

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