Posts Tagged “philip stephens”

“An inept negotiating strategy placed in the hands of an inexperienced prime minister” – behind the scenes of Cameron’s ‘veto’

by Stephen Tall on December 13, 2011

“An avoidable disaster”: that is the verdict of the Financial Times’s Philip Stephens in a must-read article examining what went on behind the scenes of the Coalition’s strategy for approaching last week’s failed European summit. And his verdict on the Prime Minister and his advisers could scarcely be more scathing: There was no great plan […]

The Coalition’s Political Plan B, Mrs T, and TINA: what does this spell out for the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2011

The political aftershock of George Osborne’s autumn statement is just beginning to sink in: the Coalition’s 5-year austerity programme, designed to end in 2015 by the time of the next general election, is now a 7-year programme straddling two parliaments. This poses problems for the future of the Coalition, and for the Lib Dems in […]

Of future coalitions and political alignments

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2010

Three quick links to must-read articles this past week, all with compelling arguments to make: The Cameroons already thinking the unthinkable (Bagehot, The Economist) Tory MP Nick Boles’ naively sincere suggestion the Tories and Lib Dems will band together at (…)

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Gordon Brown’s election pledge: I will not make the tax system fairer

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2010

Gordon Brown has today announced one of his election pledges: Labour has no plans to make our tax system fairer. Or has he put it: Labour will hold the basic income tax rate at 20 pence in the pound.
Lib Dems, too, are committed to keeping the basic rate of income tax at 20p. But, […]

FT’s Philip Stephens attacks “sainted” Vince – here’s my reply

by Stephen Tall on March 30, 2010

From: stephen – (this is spam bot hidden email address, replace .hat. with @ and remove for the real one)
To: philip.stephens – (this is spam bot hidden email address, replace .hat. with @ and remove for the real one)
Date: 30 March, 2010
Subject: ‘Honest Vince’ yes; fast and loose no
Dear Philip,
Thank you […]

Was 6th October the day it started going awry for the Tories?

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2010

The opinion polls are up-and-down day-in-day-out at the moment, making it almost impossible to say with any confidence whether we are firmly in hung parliament territory, or whether the most likely result is still a Tory victory at the coming general election. But one thing is beyond doubt: the last six months has seen a […]

What 'Smeargate' tells us about media news reporting

by Stephen Tall on April 21, 2009

The last couple of days have seen a flurry of new, post-Easter weekend polls. As LDV’s regular readers will know, we don’t cover individual polls, preferring to round them up on a monthly basis rather than become over-excited by any (…)

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