Posts Tagged “jeremy thorpe”

Two-party politics is dead: the Labservatives now trail the Other Parties

by Stephen Tall on December 9, 2014

The FT Data blog charts the decline of The Parties Formerly Known As The Two Main Parties: People in the UK are more likely to support a third party rather than vote Conservative or Labour in the general election next (…)

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LDVideo: Crosstalk with Jeremy Thorpe (BBC1, 24 March 1974)

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2014

With thanks to Ed Stradling, here’s a 40 minute interview between Jeremy Thorpe and Richard Crossman, originally broadcast on BBC1 on 24th March 1974. (This is BBC material so will be removed from YouTube in a week or so. ) You can read our coverage of Jeremy Thorpe’s death here. * Stephen Tall is Co-Editor […]

Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies

by Stephen Tall on December 4, 2014

The party website records the passing of former Liberal Party leader, Jeremy Thorpe, who died today aged 85: Mr Thorpe died today (4 December) at his home in London. He had battled with Parkinson’s Disease for more than 35 years. He was elected as Liberal MP for North Devon in the 1959 General Election and […]

4 photographic trips down the Liberal Party memory lane

by Stephen Tall on August 15, 2014

Anyone recognise these dudes? 1972 Liberal Party Open Their Assembly (Found at — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) August 8, 2014 People *really* cared about electoral reform in 1975 (Jeremy Thorpe & John Campbell — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) (…)

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6 British Pathé video clips of ex-Liberal leaders from 1931 to 1967

by Stephen Tall on April 17, 2014

Sir John Simon speaks to the Nation. “Let us give to the Prime Minister a firm mandate in the name of the whole nation” (1931) General Election Aka Pathe Election Forum: “It was to make Britons free that the Liberal Party came into being” (Sir Archibald Sinclair, 1945) Election Address – Liberal Party: “The people […]

Janan Ganesh is an intelligent guy so I’ll just assume this tweet was an aberration

by Stephen Tall on May 2, 2013

Janan Ganesh — ex-Economist writer, current FT columnist, frequently intelligent political commentator — tweeted thus this afternoon: SDP in 1983. Greens in 1989. Ukip now. Some people always think politics is on the lip of a grand realignment. It almost (…)

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My favourite Peter Cook sketch: the Thorpe trial summing-up

by Stephen Tall on August 18, 2012

Last night Channel 4 repeated that episode of Clive Anderson Talks Back when Peter Cook takes on the persona of four comedy characters — an oddball UFO-spotter, a quirk old-school football boss, a faded ’60s rockster, and (joyfully, inevitably) an (…)

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How Jeremy Thorpe (and then Nick Clegg) broke the electoral system

by Stephen Tall on July 15, 2012

Democratic Audit this week published its latest analysis, its depressing conclusions summed up by The Guardian’s headline British democracy in terminal decline. A fascinating aspect of the Audit, even for those of us still scarred by the rejection of electoral reform in the 2011 referendum, is its detailed dissection of how the First-Past-The-Post system is […]

LDVideo | Party political broadcasts from the 1960s: Bonham Carter, Thorpe, Grimond & friends

by Stephen Tall on September 4, 2011

Round 2 of our trip down PPB memory lane. Yesterday we trawled the 1950s, and today it’s time for the 1960s to take centre-stage… Liberal Party election broadcast 1964 (with Frank Byers, Mark Bonham Carter, Jeremy Thorpe and Margaret Wingfield — alas, with some sound issues) (Available on YouTube here.) Liberal Party election broadcast 1964 […]

LDVideo | Election archive special… the 1960-70s

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2011

It’s Saturday night, but forget the X-Factor… Enjoy instead some classic election clips from the archives…
Jo Grimond campaigns in the 1966 general election

(Available on YouTube here.)
Election Campaign, Feb. 1974 (including a rare …