Posts Tagged “Op-eds”

Jeremy Browne’s ‘Race Plan’. I’ve read it, so here’s my review…

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2014

Three points to make right from the start about Jeremy Browne’s new book, Race Plan. First, it’s a wholly Good Thing that a Lib Dem MP is choosing to think aloud, to set out clearly his views. Nick Clegg having decided that he did, after all, like one of the Beecroft recommendations and decided to […]

Nick v Nigel: the polls call it for Farage. Disappointing, but don’t panic! Here’s 3 reasons why you shouldn’t…

by Stephen Tall on April 2, 2014

Last week we had one post-debate poll. It showed Farage won overall, but the split was more interesting: Labour and Lib Dem voters went for Nick, Tory and Ukippers for Nigel. As you’d probably expect. This week we had two post-debate polls, and their results are remarkably similar. ICM says Clegg was reckoned to have […]

Time for Nick Clegg to ditch the “Great Britain not Little England” line

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2014

“Great Britain not little England” – it was a line Nick Clegg used in his recent Spring conference speech, setting up the new political dividing lines between those who are optimistic, outward-looking, progressive pro-Europeans and those who are gloomy, isolationst, reactionary anti-Europeans. It’s a line he used again in this week’s Nick v Nigel debate. […]

Lib Dems as ‘The Party of IN’ – Clegg’s pro-European strategy starts to pay off

by Stephen Tall on March 5, 2014

Kudos to Nick Clegg and his team, including his director of strategy Ryan Coetzee. The gambit of issuing a personal challenge to Nigel Farage to debate Nick on Europe has been accepted not only by the Ukip leader, but also now by the media. As Caron Lindsay reported here this morning – #NickvNigel – We […]

Who’s afraid of Scottish independence?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2014

The last month has seen the ‘Yes Scotland’ independence campaign take a battering. First, Mark Carney raised doubts about Alex Salmond’s plans for a post-independence currency union between Scotland and the remainder of the UK. This warning was echoed when, with more naked partisanship, George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls teamed up to state […]

Fraser Nelson’s must-read guide to utterly and completely misunderstanding the Lib Dems’ Coalition strategy

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2014

Fraser Nelson has written a must-read guide to utterly and completely misunderstanding the Lib Dems’ Coalition strategy today. My guess is he’s reliant on Tory intelligence, which in this case is an oxymoron. Much of it is the usual half-fair/half-unfair admixture of insults regularly thrown at the Lib Dems by the right-wing media. We are, […]

Pupil Premium: is it working? Probably – but it’s not a quick-fix solution

by Stephen Tall on January 29, 2014

The Pupil Premium – money targeted at children from low-income households – is the Lib Dems’ flagship education policy. By the end of the Parliament, it will be worth £2.5 billion, cash given directly to schools to spend as they wish on improving attainment outcomes. Is it working? That’s the question being asked, given the […]

‘Good’ gender segregation and ‘bad’ gender segregation?

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2013

I’ve just heard the Chief Executive of Universities UK be put through the mill on BBC Radio 4′s Today Programme following its decision to publish advice that gender segregation might not necessarily be discriminatory as long as “both men and women are being treated equally, as they are both being segregated in the same way”. […]

Autumn statement: George is jubilant, Ed blusters and Danny breathes a sigh of relief

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

“A lot done, a lot left to do.” It’s the slogan that adorns many re-election campaigns and it’s the one George Osborne adopted in his autumn statement today. He was cautiously jubilant. Growth has returned with the OBR seemingly struggling to get its forecasts to keep up. Borrowing will fall – slower than the Chancellor […]

The Autumn Statement and the unreal economic debate in which everyone pretends the Coalition stuck to ‘Plan A’

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

It’s autumn statement day. George Osborne will stand at the despatch box of the House of Commons this afternoon and present his pre-budget report. The Guardian’s Martin Kettle sums up what it’s all about: For the Conservatives, today is about redefining themselves – in the face of a run of seriously disappointing polls – as […]



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