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A fabulously passive-aggressive tweet-exchange between Jeremy Browne and Nick Clegg

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2014

Relations between Jeremy Browne and Nick Clegg have not been happy since the Lib Dem leader removed him from his ministerial post. A few weeks ago he announced he was quitting parliament at the next election. When David Cameron paid (…)

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Five vie to succeed Jeremy Browne as Lib Dem candidate for Taunton Deane

by Stephen Tall on November 27, 2014

There’s a short-list of five to take over from Jeremy Browne as the Lib Dem candidate for Taunton Deane, according to the BBC: The shortlist to be Taunton Deane Lib Dem candidate #GE2015 is: @GideonJAmos @CllJustineBaker Rachel Gilmour @JustineMcG1 @MartinMTurner — Ruth Bradley (@Ruthsays) November 27, 2014 The successful candidate will be defending a majority […]

How – or will – Nick Clegg replace Norman Baker in the home office?

by Stephen Tall on November 4, 2014

Norman Baker’s decision to quit as Lib Dem home office minister — citing significant differences with his boss at the department, the Tories’ Theresa May — means a vacancy has opened up. How will Nick Clegg fill it? We’re unlikely to have long to wait, but here are what I see as his options… Nick […]

10 Years on from The Orange Book: What should authentic liberalism look like?

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2014

“10 Years on from The Orange Book: what should authentic liberalism look like?” That was the title of a Lib Dem conference fringe meeting in Glasgow, organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), at which I was speaking alongside MPs Tim Farron and Jeremy Browne, Orange Book co-editor Paul Marshall, the IEA’s Ryan Bourne […]

In praise of the retiring Jeremy Browne

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2014

Jeremy Browne and I should, I guess, be ideological soul-mates. We both self-identify as Orange Bookers. We both believe in free and fair markets and that access to those markets are often the best way by which social injustice can be (…)

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For-profit schools: some evidence of why I’m far from convinced

by Stephen Tall on June 29, 2014

Labour’s shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, this week called on Michael Gove to rule out profit-making schools, arguing “Beyond 2015, whether it admits it or not, the Conservative Party intends to introduce the profit motive into English education”. The Tories have sidestepped the issue and instead invited Labour to turn its fire on the Lib […]

The Orange Book, 10 years on: 5 thoughts on its legacy

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2014

Today saw what its co-editor Paul Marshall called the belated launch party for The Orange Book – such was the controversy surrounding its publication 10 years ago that the original event was cancelled. I was only able to attend one of the sessions (on public service reform) so here are five more general observations on […]

What Lib Dem members think about top-rate tax: 53% back 50p (or higher) BUT only if it raises more revenue

by Stephen Tall on May 2, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. More than 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. 53% support 50p (or higher) top-rate of tax; 31% say stick […]

My Times ‘Thunderer’ column: Jeremy Browne has yet to show that “Thatcherism plus immigration” will prove to be a vote-winner

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2014

Here’s my piece for The Times’s Thunderer column, which was published there yesterday: Jeremy Browne is on the hunt for “a bold, ambitious liberal party”. The Lib Dem MP does not believe his own party quite cuts it, pointedly criticising Team (…)

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“The Lib Dems are a Goldilocks party or they are nothing”

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2014

That’s the title of my column in today’s Times. The link’s here, but sorry, it’s paywalled. However, there’s a snippet below…   The argument will be familiar to those who’ve read my review of Jeremy Browne’s new book, Race Plan. (…)

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