Posts Tagged “LibLink”

“Lib Dems have made majority Conservative rule in Britain less likely for perhaps a generation”

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2014

Rafael Behr, formerly of the New Statesman now at The Guardian, is my favourite political columnist. A brilliant writer, he is also dispassionately shrewd. So it is today, when he analyses the impact of the Lib Dems in Coalition. It’s inspired by Norman Baker’s resignation – which, he rightly observes “says more about the Home […]

“The Lib Dems are setting out plans as if they may have to deliver them”. Giles Wilkes on Clegg’s economic plans

by Stephen Tall on June 12, 2014

Giles Wilkes was, until recently, special advisor to Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable. He was the SpAd who famously slapped down News International’s advances when they were looking to lobby in favour of their proposed takeover of BSkyB. Before that, he was the chief economist at liberal think-tank CenteForum, where he was author of […]

LibLink: Paul Marshall – England should run football the German way

by Stephen Tall on August 17, 2013

Today is the first day of competitive action in the Premiership. To mark the occasion, The Times has published an article by Paul Marshall, ‘England should run football the German way’. Paul is well-known in Lib Dem circles as chair of the liberal CentreForum think-tank and co-editor of The Orange Book. He’s also a passionate […]

John Kampfner: “Clegg is set to be kingmaker again in 2015?

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2013

John Kampfner, one of the few progressive voice from the centre-left who defected from Labour to the Lib Dems in the run-up to the 2010 election and has continued to give the party a sympathetic hearing during the Coalition, writes in today’s Times about Lib Dem prospects post-2015: Clegg is set to be kingmaker again [...]

Your essential weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads

by Stephen Tall on January 27, 2013

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices culled from all those I’ve linked to this last week. You can follow me on Delicious here. My brother, Hans Rausing, entered a world of addiction where no one in the end could follow him – Sigrid Rausing‘s heart-rending account has [...]

The Economist: ‘Grassroots Lib Dems are much keener on coalition than Tories’

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2012

The Economist’s political commentator ‘Bagehot’ this week surveys the attitudes of Lib Dems towards the Coalition at the mid-term point — I particularly like its opening: THE Somerset village of Chew Magna, with its sleepy pub and Georgian houses, seems an odd setting for prognostications about Britain’s political future. But prognosticate the local Liberal Democrats [...]

“Liberalism shouldn’t be about the safe option, it should always be a risky thing to take on.” Alistair Carmichael on life in the Coalition as Lib Dem chief whip

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

There’s a terrific interview with Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael in this month’s Total Politics magazine, in which he gives a typically candid view on what life is like as within the Coalition — and how the Lib Dem whipping operation differs from Labour’s and the Tories’. Here’s a few excerpts: “I would say [...]

LibLink: Jonathan Portes on wealth taxes & ensuring the ‘rich’ pay their fair share

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2012

Jonathan Portes, director of NIESR and former senior Treasury official, is not a Lib Dem — he recently contributed to LibDemVoice to critique the Coalition’s economic policy — but he is addicted to robust evidence. And the recent spate of right-wing commentators rubbishing the Lib Dems’ call for increased wealth taxes to help tackle the [...]

Paddy on the Coalition, joining the party & that Sun headline

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2012

There’s a fantastic interview with Paddy Ashdown by The Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone published here. As you’d expect it’s crammed full of anecdotes and quotable bon mots. I’ve picked out just three to enjoy… Paddy on the Coalition He regards those who feel betrayed by the party as weak or naive – notably Guardian leader writers [...]

LibLink: Anthony Wells ‘On that poll of Lib Dem members ‘

by Stephen Tall on August 25, 2012

As my LibDemVoice colleague Caron Lindsay noted here, our poll asking when Lib Dem members want Nick Clegg to stand down has attracted a fair bit of coverage this week (including in the Daily Mail: I’ve showered three times since reading it, I still feel unclean). Over at his essential UK Polling Report blog, the [...]



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