Posts Tagged “iain martin”

Two questions journalists aren’t asking about Nick Clegg’s free schools speech

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2013

Nick Clegg’s speech on free schools – setting out the policy approved by the Lib Dem conference last March – has ruffled feathers. Apparently he and David Cameron even had lunch yesterday to discuss this ‘bombshell’ announcement (which in fact won’t be made until a speech this Thursday). My view (as I set out here […]

Why I voted for Chris Huhne (and in praise of The Two Iains)

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2013

Here’s my 2007 Lib Dem leadership election ballot paper: Chris Huhne got my first preference. (Okay, with only two candidates there wasn’t really a need to mark the figure ‘1’: I’m just a die-hard preferential voter.) I slightly surprised myself (…)

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Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on December 8, 2012

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Britain and Europe: Making the break – The Economist‘s verdict on many Europhobes’ éjaculation nocturne: ‘The most likely outcome would be that Britain would find itself as a scratchy outsider with somewhat limited access to the single market, almost no influence […]

Two must-read articles for Lib Dems (and three you can happily ignore)

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

In pre-Coalition days, party conference time was pretty much the only time of year the Lib Dems were ever talked about in the media. These annual op-eds usually revealed a complete lack of understanding of the party, its membership, their (…)

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Clegg’s role in IDS’s welfare reform plans

by Stephen Tall on October 3, 2010

Mark Pack blogged here on LDV this morning of Promising news on welfare spending as major reforms set for go-ahead, and noted that “Steve Webb’s backing for the policies is a promising sign”. Also crucial, it seems, was Nick Clegg’s role, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Iain Martin: I revealed in the summer that […]

Don’t take it out on Vince, guys, just ‘cos you’re stuck with George

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2010

I’ve been amused to see the rush-to-rubbish Vince Cable today among some right-wing bloggers following his appearance on BBC1’s The Politics Show.
Iain Dale (but of course) was first up to tweet: “Well done Jon Sopel for finally exposing Vince Cable as the overrated flipflopper that he is.” He was soon followed by ConservativeHome’s Tim […]

Can you come up with a punchy Lib Dem slogan?

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2010

Iain Martin of the Wall Street Journal put in a pithy request to the political parties yesterday, Day -1 of the 2010 general election campaign: Better Slogans, Please.
Iain is equally scathing of Labour’s efforts (‘Come on Labour, wake up, get a move on! Don’t you know there’s an election on?’) and the Tories’ (‘a rather […]