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Why I think Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for our times

by Stephen Tall on September 6, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for the times we live in. Not because she gives every appearance of being reassuringly tough, shrewd, hard-working and very clearly competent but because she’s no ideologue. (…)

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Good on Damian McBride – making the case for coalition government

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2013

I’ve met Damian McBride only once, in February this year. Two things struck me. First, how much healthier (and happier) he looked than he did in 2008 when his role in a dirty tricks campaign against the Tories was exposed. He was only 34 when that furore flared, yet in pictures from the time he […]

How Labour saw Clegg before the 2010 election TV debates

by Stephen Tall on April 16, 2013

There have been a couple of fascinating posts this week by election expert Philip Cowley, a politics professor at Nottingham University. They reveal for the first time the internal briefing prepared for Labour dissecting the debating skills of each of the three party leaders — Clegg, Brown and Cameron — ahead of the 2010 leaders’ […]

A warm welcome for Andrew Marr’s change of heart on blogging

by Stephen Tall on May 24, 2012

Here’s the BBC’s Andrew Marr speaking in October 2010: “Most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all. A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed, young men sitting in their mother’s basements and ranting. They are very angry people. … Most of the […]

Time for the Lib Dems to blow the final whistle on national wage settlements

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2012

It’s over 50 years since the campaign by Jimmy Hill, then chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, successfully scrapped the maximum wage which operated throughout the football league until 1961. Some probably lament the commercialisation of the game which it set in motion. But the idea that individuals should have a ceiling placed on their […]

Andrew Marr: a little bit of a hypocrite

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2010

I’m intrigued by Andrew Marr’s recent attack on blogging. For those who’ve missed his comments, here’s what he told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, as reported in the Telegraph: “Most citizen journalism strikes me as nothing to do with journalism at all. A lot of bloggers seem to be socially inadequate, pimpled, single, […]

What Nick told Gordon (according to Peter) when asking him to quit: “Please understand I have no personal animosity whatsoever.”

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2010

The first of the post-New Labour memoirs, Lord (Peter) Mandelson’s The Third Man, begins its serialisation in The Times today. Those who pay for the paper, in print or online, will have the joy of relishing its every detail. If like me you’re reliant on the Press Association’s fillet, it seems the big splash is […]

The Saturday Debate: The last thing we need is politicians who emote

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2010

After an extended election break, we’re reviving our Saturday slot posing a view for debate: The election campaign of 2010 will, above all, be remembered for the transformative effect of the television debates, and the breakthrough of Nick Clegg. They were, in the main, substantive discussions in which real policies – and real political differences […]

The LDV Leaders’ Debate Verdict: Nick Clegg the winner #GoNick #leadersdebate #GE2010

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2010

I cannot tell you how good it is to be able to type the words, “Nick Clegg was the clear winner”, and know that not only is it my view, but that it’s the public view, too. We’ve already published the two poll results which matter: those showed Nick was judged to have done best […]

Gordon Brown’s election pledge: I will not make the tax system fairer

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2010

Gordon Brown has today announced one of his election pledges: Labour has no plans to make our tax system fairer. Or has he put it: Labour will hold the basic income tax rate at 20 pence in the pound.
Lib Dems, too, are committed to keeping the basic rate of income tax at 20p. But, […]



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