Posts Tagged “mark pack”

All in a day’s Lib Dem conference: hustings, fringes, OMOV and sex work

by Stephen Tall on October 4, 2014

It’s felt like a slow start to conference – I’m habituated to the Friday night rally and meaty policy debates starting at bleary o’clock on Saturday morning. But with the rally moved to Saturday night, conference itself wasn’t opened until this afternoon. However, that meant there was time this morning for the first official hustings […]

Good news: Voters places themselves and the Lib Dems in the centre. Bad news: that doesn’t mean they’re liberals

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2014

“There’s no future for the Lib Dems as a party of the centre,” goes the cry from radicals on both wings of our party. So I was interested to see this polling data from YouGov (hat-tip Adam Corlett) looking at where voters place themselves on the left-right axis and where they place the parties and […]

Mark Pack’s verdict on those ICM polls: “not sensible figures for anyone to draw a conclusion from”

by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2014

My former co-editor here at LibDemVoice, Mark Pack, has been taking a detailed look in his latest Liberal Democrat Newswire at those ICM constituency polls commissioned by Lord Oakeshott. Here’s his take on them: It’s not only the attempted anonymous funding of the polls that’s questionable. So too is the way they were worded. Even […]

Ukip examined: who they are, what they stand for, and what it all means for British politics

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2014

I’ve just finished reading Revolt on the Right, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin’s fascinating book analysing the rise of Ukip and what makes the party and its voters tick. Mark Pack has already written a very good review for LibDemVoice here. Here’s my take on some of its key insights. Who votes for Ukip? The […]

Liberal Conspiracy is dead – and so too’s the amateur blogger (more or less)

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2013

Sunny Hundal announced on Friday that left-of-centre blog Liberal Conspiracy is coming to an end: I no longer have the time to maintain Liberal Conspiracy as a daily-updated news and opinion blog, so as of today I’m going to stop. This site will become an occasionally updated personal blog, with the odd guest-post. It’s fair […]

What do the Lib Dems need to focus on next year?

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2013

That was the 250 word essay question a group of us were set by The House magazine. Mark Pack has offered up his thoughts here. Here’s my effort… What the Lib Dems need to focus on in the next year (…)

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Jim Messina and “the single most infamous congressional ad in contemporary history”

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2013

The Conservatives have hired Barack Obama’s election strategist Jim Messina to advise on their 2015 general election campaign. The Guardian describes it as “a coup for the Tory team to have been able to hire a strategist who proved such a vital figure in Obama’s presidential campaigns in both 2008 and 2012.” Those unfamiliar with [...]

Lessons of Coalition: what do the Lib Dems need to learn from the first 3 years?

by Stephen Tall on July 30, 2013

We’re more than three years in. What started in the Rose Garden has turned into a bed of thorns. The quieter summer weeks are as good a time as any to reflect on the key lessons the Lib Dems need to learn from this stint in government. Who knows? We may have a second chance [...]

What the hell have the Lib Dems done?

by Stephen Tall on May 2, 2013

That’s the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin name for the website, created by William Summers and run by Mark Pack, highlighting some of the key successes of the Lib Dems in government. It’s been freshly updated this week, so what better day could there be than to take a look and share it with any friends and colleagues yet [...]

What will happen to the Lib Dems in Thursday’s local elections?

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2013

There are just three campaigning days left until this Thursday’s local elections taking place across much of England.* It’ll be tough-going for the Lib Dems… The last time these seats were fought, in 2009, was a high water-mark for the party: we polled a national equivalent vote-share of 25%. As I said in my morning-after-the-night-before [...]



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