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My desert island choice of top political columnists

by Stephen Tall on September 8, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com So here’s a list. My current eight favourite political columnists (in alphabetical order): 1. David Aaronovitch – The very definition of passionate pragmatism, ‘muscular liberalism’ (a phrase associated with Mark Oaten) is how I think of (…)

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Self-censorship, the virtual mob, and the enemy of nuance

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2014

Three fantastic articles, all with a common them. Snippets below, but well worth a click on the links to read on… Chris Rock In Conversation (Frank Rich in Vulture, 30 Nov) … I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is (…)

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An idea from Matthew Parris that will unite political activists everywhere

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

The Lib-Con Coalition may have run out-of-steam, but Conservative MP-turned-columnist Matthew Parris has identified a policy around which the two parties could happily unite. Indeed, his proposal might even form the basis for a Rainbow Coalition of all the parties. What’s prompted the idea is that Matthew’s been out delivering leaflets recently. And it has […]

My column for ConHome: The immigration choice for the Conservatives – pro-business, or pro-UKIP?

by Stephen Tall on March 13, 2014

Here’s my latest The Other Side column for ConservativeHome, published here on Tuesday. Who’d have thought a column talking about immigration, Europe and Ukip would get their readership so exercised? My thanks as ever to the site’s editors, Paul Goodman (…)

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Ed Miliband’s speech: 5 thoughts on what it means for Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and the 2015 election

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2013

I listened to, rather than watched, Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour party conference yesterday. On the up-side that meant I missed the three hammy mid-speech standing ovations (shades of IDS c.2003); on the down-side it accentuated the peculiar whooping of some of the more excitable delegates (relax, guys, it’s just a politician talking). In […]

Alan Turing: is a pardon the best way to excuse our crime against him?

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2013

The campaign to pardon Alan Turing, the father of computer science who was convicted for acts of homosexuality in 1952, troubles me. I take as a given the good intentions of those Lib Dems such as Lord (John) Sharkey and Manchester MP John Leech who have led the calls in parliament. But I am struck […]

A personal guide to the 13 most essential political podcasts

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2013

Commuting is a major part of my daily life, so I find podcasts are an essential way to make use of time I’d otherwise spend staring vacantly out the window or idly refreshing and re-refreshing Twitter. Here, in order of where they appear in my iTunes directory, are the podcasts I listen to most frequently… […]

On Nick Clegg’s ‘labotomoy’, Andrew Neil’s dissonance & Matthew Parris’s skewering

by Stephen Tall on July 3, 2012

To the cloisters of Westminster Abbey last night for liberal think-tank CentreForum’s summer party (which lived up to its billing as a party, even if summer didn’t appear). Nick Clegg was guest of honour, and delivered a 10-minute tours d’horizons (…)

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CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #1 – Matthew Parris

by Stephen Tall on June 14, 2012

Welcome to the first in a new series here on CentreForum’s blog — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice.  The aim is simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. […]

Paywall vs ‘Freemium’: why Parris, Finkelstein et al may rue Rupe’s decision

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2010

Will The Times’s paywall work? It’s the question that’s been asked ever since Rupert Murdoch’s News International announced its intention to place The Times and The Sunday Times websites behind a paywall, blocking any user not prepared to pay a subscription for access. Last week saw publication of early unofficial statistics which were extrapolated at […]



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