Posts Tagged “peter mandelson”

CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #41: Peter Mandelson

by Stephen Tall on July 5, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Lord (Peter) Mandelson Former Labour cabinet minister and éminence grise Reason: for voicing concerns that HS2 ‘could be an expensive mistake’ Three cheers for Peter Mandelson! That’s not a sentence I expected […]

What Nick told Gordon (according to Peter) when asking him to quit: “Please understand I have no personal animosity whatsoever.”

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2010

The first of the post-New Labour memoirs, Lord (Peter) Mandelson’s The Third Man, begins its serialisation in The Times today. Those who pay for the paper, in print or online, will have the joy of relishing its every detail. If like me you’re reliant on the Press Association’s fillet, it seems the big splash is […]

When should the state intervene? RBS, Kraft & Cadbury and the Eternal Liberal Dilemma

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2010

US firm Kraft’s proposed takeover of Cadbury’s has made headlines in recent days. First, because it’s a major, historic British brand being snapped-up by a non-UK business (or ‘foreign predator’, as Vince Cable labels them). Secondly, because of the fear that job losses will result. And, thirdly, because of the role of the Royal Bank […]

LDVideo … Mandy, Clegg and Coulson

by Stephen Tall on November 28, 2009

Welcome to the latest LDVideo instalment, featuring three of the most memorable video clips doing the rounds on the blogosphere.
First up, is a rather catchy little email ditty in honour of Lord Mandelson’s implausible-but-deadly-serious Digital Econmy Bill, courtesy of Dan Bull:

As Dan would wish me to add: If you disapprove of the Bill, sign the […]

PM4PM? If so, it’ll be the Lib Dems’ fault

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2009

Yes, the silly season has started right on cue, with ‘mounting speculation’ (newspaper code for: 2+ journalists writing the same thing) that the next Labour leader might be none other than Baron Mandelson, of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham. This is, of course, utter rubbish, as everyone who’s written up the notion has been forced to concede. But IF the impossible were to occur, and Peter Mandelson were to ascend to Number 10, he would do so thanks to one man, Liberal Democrat peer, Lord (Andrew) Phillips of Sudbury. Stephen Tall explains why.

Time for a heated, televised debate?

by Stephen Tall on July 29, 2009

De facto Deputy Prime Minister Lord (Peter) Mandelson has hinted that his boss might be ready to debate Nick Clegg and David Cameron in the run-up to the general election. The London Evening Standard has the story: In an exclusive (…)

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What do you make of

by Stephen Tall on January 12, 2009

LabourList – self-consciously branded by its founder, Derek Draper, as Labour’s answer to ConservativeHome – officially went live today, earning generous press coverage (in terms of column inches, if not warmth of reception). So, what do we make of it (…)

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Lib Dem tax policy: the media’s starting to listen, so now will the public get to hear about it?

by Stephen Tall on November 12, 2008

Earlier today, Lib Dem Voice published this extract from Nick Clegg’s speech to the Royal Commonwealth Society summarising the Lib Dems’ policy of tax cuts for low- and middle-income households: Real tax cuts – big, permanent and fair – for (…)

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Huhne refers Osborne to Electoral Commission; Baker refers Osborne to Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2008

It’s been a busy day for two of the Lib Dems’ most tenacious shadow cabinet members today, with both Chris Huhne and Norman Baker urging investigations into Tory shadow chancellor George Osborne’s donation discussions with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. Chris (…)

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This is what happens when you forget that private means private, George

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2008

When the story of Peter Mandelson and George Osborne’s meeting was leaked to the press by the Tory shadow chancellor three weeks ago, I argued on Lib Dem Voice that Mr Osborne had behaved pretty shabbily: There’s a principle at (…)

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