Posts Tagged “jonathan calder”

Official: the snoopers’ charter is dead in this parliament

by Stephen Tall on May 9, 2013

One element missing from the Queen’s Speech was the Communications Data Bill, aka the ‘snoopers’ charter’. No surprise to Lib Dems: Nick Clegg torpedoed it last month. So I had a momentary spasm of concern to see on ConservativeHome this story from Mark Wallace: The Snoopers’ Charter comes sneaking back. Again. I asked Lib Dem […]

The day Lord Bonkers and Philip Collins agreed: the Tories just aren’t up to governing

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2013

This tweet today from The Times’s Philip Collins — mid-debate between Tim Montgomerie and Matthew d’Ancona about the tortuous fate of Tory modernisation — caught my attention: @matthewdancona @timmontgomerie We all thought the Lib Dems might not be up to (…)

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Why I still <3 blogging > Twitter

by Stephen Tall on October 3, 2012

This post isn’t even meta. It’s meta-meta. Meta2, if you will. It’s about bloggers blogging about blogging. And in case that’s not niche enough for you, it starts off about Lib Dem bloggers blogging about Lib Dem blogging. On the (…)

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LDVideo: So you want to watch 6mins 23secs of Lembit Öpik in a wrestling ring? You got it…

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

This weekend Jonathan Calder brought us the news that Lembit Öpik had contrived an appearance in a wrestling ring at Welshpool Town Hall. Distressingly, video footage has now been unleashed: (Available on YouTube here.) Ironically, today’s the day another Lembit story has appeared — that the former Montgomeryshire MP has thrown his hat into the […]

Has something gone wrong with the Pupil Premium, as Jonathan Calder suggests? Some quick thoughts from me…

by Stephen Tall on March 14, 2012

Jonathan Calder has an interesting post at his Liberal England blog tracing the evolution of the pupil premium, and asks if its lost its initial guiding purpose: The Pupil Premium seems to have dwindled into a scheme that positions the (…)

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Lib Dem Bloggers’ Christmas stocking fillers… Part IV

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2011

What presents are you looking forward to giving or receiving this year? That’s the question LDV posed to a group of Lib Dem bloggers. All this week we’re revealing what they told us, with link-throughs to Amazon for your shopping convenience (and ‘cos the referral fees help support LibDemVoice: so get clicking and ordering). Part […]

“We need to up our game.” As a Liberal Democrat, I endorse this message.

by Stephen Tall on November 7, 2011

The Independent this weekend carried a brief article reporting that Nick Clegg’s aides are urging the party’s ministers to be more ‘out and proud’ of the Lib Dems’ successes: Nick Clegg’s ministers have been told to go on TV and declare proudly “I’m a Liberal Democrat” in an effort to improve the party’s poll ratings. […]

‘Renegades with a mission’ – the Sindy’s verdict on the Social Liberal Forum

by Stephen Tall on June 19, 2011

The Social Liberal Forum — a group of Liberal Democrat members who advocate ‘that a democratic and open state has a positive role to play in guaranteeing individual freedom’ — met yesterday for their first conference on a high note: their mobilising role at the party’s spring conference is widely credited with having strongly influenced […]

The Saturday Debate: Local government is to the Lib Dems what the unions are to Labour and big business is to the Tories

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… I was struck by this recent article by the Economist’s political columnist Bagehot, headlined When progressive actually means misanthropic, reflecting on the Lib Dem conference, and specifically the debate on free schools. Highlighting that, while the […]

Lib Dems’ Moore praises Gove apology as schools building programme axe triggers coalition tensions

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2010

The blunder in the education department which led to the publication of a list of axed school building schemes containing 25 errors continues to rumble on. Conservative education secretary Michael Gove has apologised and taken the rap for his officials’ mistakes. The Lib Dems’ Michael Moore was sympathetic to Mr Gove’s plight on the BBC’s […]



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