Posts Tagged “nicholas watt”

Danny Alexander, not Vince Cable, designated Lib Dem shadow chancellor (oh, and no Lib Dem reshuffle)

by Stephen Tall on October 18, 2014

The Guardian’s Nick Watt reports today the long-trailed announcement that Danny Alexander, Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury, will take on the role of the party’s shadow chancellor at the 2015 election: Nick Clegg has decided that Alexander, his closest ally in the cabinet, will be the Lib Dem Treasury spokesman during the campaign […]

Two questions journalists aren’t asking about Nick Clegg’s free schools speech

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2013

Nick Clegg’s speech on free schools – setting out the policy approved by the Lib Dem conference last March – has ruffled feathers. Apparently he and David Cameron even had lunch yesterday to discuss this ‘bombshell’ announcement (which in fact won’t be made until a speech this Thursday). My view (as I set out here […]

As economy shrinks again, Oakeshott calls for Osborne to be moved to make way for “our A team at the treasury”

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2012

Here’s how The Guardian reports the call by Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott for George Osborne to be moved from Number 11 in the wake of today’s fresh dire news on the economy: A senior Liberal Democrat peer has called on George Osborne to be sacked as the chancellor continued to insist the government was on the […]

We all know the Lib Dems U-turned on tuition fees, so why’s The Guardian indulging in half-truths?

by Stephen Tall on November 13, 2010

The Guardian carries a sensationalist headline tonight: Revealed: Lib Dems planned before election to abandon tuition fees pledge. The truth is somewhat different from the newspaper’s anti-Lib Dem spin, however. The story is clearly designed to make the reader believe that, even as Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems spoke out against tuition fees, it […]

Should our MPs give Clegg more support in the Commons?

by Stephen Tall on July 6, 2010

Yesterday Nick Clegg stood up as Deputy Prime Minister in the House of Commons and announced there would be a referendum to reform the voting system within the next year. If I’d suggested just a few weeks ago that I would be able to type that sentence with a straight face I imagine most folk […]



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