Posts Tagged “new statesman”

Press regulation: freedom from intrusion vs freedom of expression

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2013

First the (right-wing) Spectator. The the (left-wing) New Statesman. Now the (market liberal) Economist has joined the list of magazines saying that state-backed regulation of the press is something up with which they will not put. Here’s its conclusion: it (…)

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Liberal Heroes of the Week #23: John Kampfner, Nick Cohen & Fraser Nelson

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Welcome to the 23rd in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from […]

Are Lib Dems missing the moral high ground?

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2012

The New Statesman’s fair-minded political editor Rafael Behr has written a post-conference post mortem for each of the three parties here. Noting how Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell’s outburst against police ‘plebs’ hijacked the news agenda, reviving the ‘nasty party’ jibes (“Many Lib Dems didn’t seem to mind their demotion down the news agenda and […]

The Labour Party. Remember them?

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2012

There’s an excellent must-read post on the New Statesman site by Rafael Behr highlighting how Coalition politics is not only eclipsing the Labour party from the media spotlight, but also paralysing its leadership from engaging with internal debate. First, he notes how both the Lib Dems and Tories are being given the freedom to differentiate […]

Let Clegg be Clegg (just not toooo much)

by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2011

If, like me, you’re an admirer of Nick Clegg — his grit, honesty and openness — there will have been plenty to admire this week. If, like me, you occasionally despair of Nick Clegg — the frankness can turn into a gaffe — there will have been plenty to make you despair this week. First […]

New Statesman’s advice to Lib Dem-baiters: “Don’t count those pesky Lib Dems out just yet”

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2010

The latest YouGov poll showing the Lib Dems at 10%, one of the party’s worst ratings in years, has excited comment, especially and not surprisingly among those who are pleased to see the Lib Dems struggling. Less surprisingly still, YouGov’s fndings attract more publicity among our critics than ICM’s polls, which show the party consistently […]

That Staggers / Clegg interview in full

by Stephen Tall on May 30, 2009

This week’s New Statesman has an in-depth interview with Nick Clegg by James Macintyre – courtesy the Staggers, there’s a full transcript below, in which the Lib Dem leader confesses/proclaims he’d like to be Prime Minister, relates how Michael Howard (…)

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