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Your essential weekend reader — 8 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Why don’t we trust politicians? – The BBC’s Nick Robinson takes politicians to task, doesn’t let the media off the hook either… while Labour’s Rachel Reeves mouths platitudes. The BBC regains its honour – Nick Cohen links the Beeb’s problems with […]

John Hutton was right: Gordon has been ‘a fucking disaster’. But who else was there?

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2009

At long last, what was widely known in Westminster Village circles has rippled out beyond: John Hutton was the cabinet minister who told the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson in 2006 that Gordon Brown would be ‘a fucking disaster’ in the role of prime minister. Well done to BBC Radio 4’s Eddie Mair for wringing […]

PMQs: Nick tackles Gordon on Labour’s “suffocating and shameful culture of secrecy”

by Stephen Tall on November 25, 2009

Ah, the joy of PMQs – Nick asks Gordon a question, Gordon fails to answer a totally different question to the one Nick asks. It’s a regular pattern, but today it was clear to everyone that the Lib Dem leader had floored the Prime Minister over the issue of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the […]

Who do you think's the best political journalist in Britain?

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2008

That’s the question Total Politics put to journalists, MPs and the magazine’s Facebook fans – and below, courtesy of The Guardian’s Politics Blog, are the top 20. As ever with such lists, there are some curiosities – for example, that (…)

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The financial crisis: what will be the impact on Labour?

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2008

Yesterday I looked at the impact of the current financial crisis on the Lib Dems, the one party which correctly anticipated the credit crunch and its impact. Inevitably (if frustratingly) much of this will depend on the extent to which (…)

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Is 42 days dead?

by Stephen Tall on October 6, 2008

The BBC’s Nick Robinson thinks it is in spite of the Labour Government’s official denials. The Lib Dems’ shadow home secretary Chris Huhne wrote here on Lib Dem Voice back in the summer explaining why detaining without trial terrorist suspects (…)

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PMQs: Nick tackles Gordon on Labour’s ‘surveillance state’

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2008

After this week’s controversy about bugging of MPs, Nick Clegg used his two questions to the Prime Minister to ask directly about Labour’s desperate efforts to keep tabs on every man, woman and child in the country. In particular, Nick (…)

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Anyone know what the Tory party’s policy on Europe is today?

by Stephen Tall on November 12, 2007

Last month, David Cameron went to great obfuscatory pains to refuse to give a straight answer to journalists asking if the Tory party would offer a post-ratification referendum on the EU Reform Treaty if they found themselves in government – (…)

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Tories in a muddle on Europe (plus ça change)

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2007

Tory leader David Cameron found himself on slippery terrain today when giving his monthly press conference to journalists. The question repeatedly asked was straightforward enough: the Tories have committed to holding a referendum on the EU reform treaty – will (…)

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Ming: why I quit

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2007

Ming Campbell has given a series of interviews this afternoon setting out his reasons for choosing to stand down as Lib Dem leader. You can watch Ming’s interview with the BBC’s Nick Robinson here. And here are extracts from Ming’s (…)

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