Posts Tagged “james graham”

Open primaries: should the Lib Dems adopt the 'Totnes model'?

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2009

The announcement from Totnes of the winner of the Tories’ first ‘open primary’ – in which the party’s Parliamentary candidate has been chosen not by party members, but by over 16,000 voters in the constituency – will prompt all political parties to ask the simple question: is this the future? Stephen Tall asks if the Lib Dems should adopt the ‘open primaries’ system.

Where next for Lembit?

by Stephen Tall on July 30, 2009

There’s a slightly plaintive piece in today’s Independent’s Pandora column under the self-explanatory heading, ‘Opik’s plea to Clegg: use me’. The paper quotes the Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire saying: I’m certainly available to the party in any way they (…)

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Lib Dem bloggers’ summer reading (Part II)

by Stephen Tall on July 20, 2009

To read Part I, published yesterday, click HERE. For me, it’s the most difficult decision of the year – which books to take with me on holiday. So, I thought, what could be better than to pick the brains of (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 17 July 2009

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2009

2 Big Stories Troops need more, says Dannett The BBC has the interview and the story: The head of the UK Army has said better equipment is needed to protect troops from roadside bombs in Afghanistan. General Sir Richard Dannatt (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 8 July 2009

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2009

2 Big Stories Labour backbench revolt over abolition of 10p tax rate is defeated Big shock this one, I know… Labour MPs realise too late that their party’s tax changes are hitting the poorest hard in the pocket, threaten to (…)

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This is what happens when journalists lower their standards #mpsexpenses

by Stephen Tall on May 23, 2009

A week ago, I wrote an article attacking the Telegraph’s coverage of the MPs’ expenses row under the deliberately provocative headline, What has the Telegraph done for the reputation of journalism? Amidst all the outrageous abuses by MPs that the (…)

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Reform of political donations: within the gift of the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2009

Yesterday’s Observer reported that one of the Lib Dems’ bigger donors, Sudhir Choudhrie, faces allegations of “accepting tens of millions of pounds in kickbacks from an arms deal between an Israeli company and the Indian government”: Sudhir Choudhrie, who has (…)

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CommentIsLinked@LDV: James Graham on the Channel 4/YouGov poll of marginals

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2009

Over at the Channel 4 News politics website, Lib Dem blogger James Graham gives his brief take on the latest YouGov poll of Conservative-Labour marginals showing Labour on 36% (-2% since Oct ’08), the Tories on 43% (n/c) and the (…)

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How would you make the positive case for Europe?

by Stephen Tall on January 12, 2009

The countdown to elections to the European Parliament – to be held in tandem with local government elections on 10th June – is now on. Last week, here on LDV, the Lib Dems’ vice-chair of our Euro election campaign, Willie (…)

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Our starters for 2008 – how did we do? (Part II)

by Stephen Tall on December 29, 2008

A year ago, Lib Dem Voice posed 10 questions, the answers to which we believed might shape the Lib Dem year – time to revisit them, wethinks. To read Part I dealing with Qs 1-5, click here. 6. Will Nicol (…)

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