Posts Tagged “ken clarke”

Election notebook #1: TV debates, Farron’s liberalism, Labour woes, Ukip who?, Naked run 2.0

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2017

TV debates… I guess it was inevitable Theresa May would try and un-invent them. After all, what’s in it for her? There’s no reward, only risk. Tim Farron would relish the spotlight, and as the Lib Dems are the only (…)

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Dear Daily Telegraph, Enough already. It’s actually okay for MPs to claim 11p for a ruler.

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2014

So the Telegraph is back to its old tricks on expenses. Five years ago, the paper uncovered some serious abuses by MPs at the taxpayers’ expense – along the way, the paper was also (as I wrote at the time) “guilty of flaky fact-checking, unfair distortions and disgraceful smears”. Yesterday the paper attempted, rather desperately, […]

Clegg skating on thin ice: serious threat to party leadership over secret courts

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2012

Over at LibDemVoice today, we’ve published an article by Jo Shaw who’s led a quite brilliant grassroots campaign against the Government’s plans to extend secret courts. In September, the party conference passed overwhelmingly a motion rejecting the controversial Part II (…)

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Will the reshuffle actually matter?

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2012

That’s the title of a post I’ve written for the Endeavour Public Affairs website here. And here’s my answer… Will this reshuffle actually matter? That’s the question which looms over the current version of musical chairs currently obsessing the Westminster (…)

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NEW POLL: Who is your Liberal Voice of the Year?

by Stephen Tall on January 1, 2012

Today’s the day we launch our search for the Liberal Voice of 2011 to find the individual or group which has had the biggest impact on liberalism in the past 12 months. This is the fifth annual award, and as is our tradition, we’re looking beyond the ranks of the Lib Dems to find the […]

Tories’ double whammy tax bombshell

by Stephen Tall on March 23, 2009

I leave the country for just three days, and come back to find that, in my absence, the Tories have fallen to bits over tax. I must try this going away lark again, some time. (What do you mean, post (…)

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PMQs: Nick tackles Gordon on the bank bail-out

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2009

After last week’s pretty subdued start to the new Parliamentary term at Prime Minister’s Questions, there was a return to the more boisterous rough ‘n’ tumble which passes for debate in this farcical weekly charade in the interests of holding (…)

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Is Ken’s return good news for the Tories?

by Stephen Tall on January 19, 2009

One of the downsides of Dave’s shadow cabinet dithering is that reshuffle speculation has been going on so long, the story’s moved on. A fortnight ago, even a week ago, Ken Clarke’s return to the Tory front-bench after 11 years (…)

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