Posts Tagged “giles wilkes”

To OBR or not to OBR? That’s the manifesto audit question

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2014

Ed Balls wants it. Danny Alexander seems pretty keen on it, too. What is ‘it’? Asking the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties. On the face of it, that’s a good idea. Transparency’s a good thing and surely the public deserve to know as much as possible before […]

“The Lib Dems are setting out plans as if they may have to deliver them”. Giles Wilkes on Clegg’s economic plans

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2014

Giles Wilkes was, until recently, special advisor to Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable. He was the SpAd who famously slapped down News International’s advances when they were looking to lobby in favour of their proposed takeover of BSkyB. Before that, he was the chief economist at liberal think-tank CenteForum, where he was author of […]

Desperately thin stuff – Observer fails to reveal Lib Dem ties with Murdoch

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2012

Liberal Democrats’ ties with Murdoch aides revealed to Leveson inquiry shouts The Observer headline today followed by a breathlessly hyped claim: Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats were sucked deeper into the controversy over News Corp’s planned takeover of BSkyB on Saturday as evidence submitted to the Leveson inquiry revealed close party ties with Murdoch executives. I […]

Three very different endorsements for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on May 6, 2010

It’s not just been the public making up its mind over the last 24 hours – a number of political bloggers have also declared who they’ll be voting for in the last day. Mostly, this is along party lines, as you might expect. But some have stood out from the crowd – here are three […]

Evidence based, Left Foot Forward? Not if you’re ignoring the actual evidence

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2010

The Labour-supporting Left Foot Forward blog prides itself on being evidence-based. But not, it seems, when the evidence doesn’t support the conclusion they’ve already written.
That seems to be the only explanation for their slanted weekend posting that Lib Dem tax policy “fails the fairness test”, which appears to rest on two points: 1) that people […]

Daily View 2×2: 22 February 2010

by Stephen Tall on February 22, 2010

Happy Monday morning everyone. Just 213 years ago today saw the Last Invasion of Britain: look away now if you don’t want to know the result. We beat the French. The 22nd February is also the birthday of three of this country’s greatest entertainers: Kenneth Williams (1926), Bruce Forsyth (1928) and Terry Eagleton (1943).
But enough […]

Daily View 2×2: 21 December 2009

by Stephen Tall on December 21, 2009

Morning, all, and welcome to the 355th day of the year, a date which marks the 21st anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, and the 47th anniversary of the British decision to buy nuclear missiles from the US. Today is also, you may like to know, the birthday of Thomas Becket, Jane Fonda and Tina Brown.
2 […]

Daily View 2×2: 16 November 2009

by Stephen Tall on November 16, 2009

2 Big Stories

It’s the last Queen’s Speech before the general election
Which can only mean, as The Times reports:
Gordon Brown will begin a six-month election campaign this week with one of the shortest but most deliberately political programmes of recent years. … In a podcast on the Downing Street website, Mr Brown said that Britons wanted […]

Where are the the think tank bloggers?

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2009

Yesterday saw the annual Prospect Think Tank of the Year awards ceremony, an occasion the glittery red-carpetness of which those of us on the outside can only dare to dream. Congrats are due at the outset to the UK’s only liberal think tank, Centre Forum, for winning Pamphlet of the Year for Giles Wilkes’ report, […]