Posts Tagged “Liberal Hero / Villain”

Liberal Hero of the Week #66: Brexit Prize-winning Iain Mansfield

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Iain Mansfield Winner of the IEA’s Brexit Prize 2014 (and Director of Trade and Investment at the UK’s embassy in the Philippines) Reason: I approached Iain Mansfield’s essay outlining a blueprint for […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #65: Sir Samuel Brittan

by Stephen Tall on April 4, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Sir Samuel Brittan Political and economics commentator, Financial Times Reason: for a lifetime’s contribution to serious liberal thinking. After almost half a century’s continuous service at the Financial Times, Sir Samuel Brittan […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #64: Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

by Stephen Tall on March 31, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 An Act of the Parliament legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Reason: for ending the state’s discrimination against same-sex couples Can an Act of Parliament […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #63: Andrew Bridgen

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Andrew Bridgen Conservative MP for North West Leicetsershire Reason: for campaigning successfully to decriminalise non-payment of the BBC licence fee. In 2012, 181,880 people were prosecuted for not paying the BBC licence […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #62: Institute of Directors. My Liberal Villain is the Stop the War Coalition

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Institute of Directors The professional body “supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903″ Reason: for reminding politicians that the UK is an “open, trading country that benefits from the […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #61: Ross Kemp

by Stephen Tall on March 1, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Ross Kemp Actor, broadcaster and former husband of ex-Sun editor Rebekah Brooks Reason: for ensuring The Sun recognised its coverage of Frank Bruno’s mental illness was brutal and wrong. Newspapers are rarely […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #60: Andrew Adonis

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Andrew Adonis Labour peer and former transport secretary Reason: for getting to grips with transport reality with his London by Bus week. Last week, I gave the nod to Ed Miliband for […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #59: Ed Miliband

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Ed Miliband Labour leader Reason: for starting to talk the talk of devolving power to people. Politicians always talk of giving power to the people – when they’re in opposition. Their enthusiasm […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #58: David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  David Cameron Conservative leader and Prime Minister Reason: for ruling that pubs can open longer during the World Cup. Poor Norman Baker. On the social libertarian wing of the party – he’s […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #57: Nick Clegg

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Nick Clegg Lib Dem leader and Deputy Prime Minister Reason: for liberal intervention on Syria, and liberal non-intervention on smoking in cars This is the first time I’ve nominated Nick Clegg as […]



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