Posts Tagged “PMQs”

5 things Nick Clegg could do next

by Stephen Tall on July 4, 2014

My last piece of advice to Nick Clegg was to stand down as Lib Dem leader. He didn’t, and it’s pretty clear now that Nick will lead us into the next general election. Two problems remain, though, and we need to find ways of addressing them. First, morale in the party has dipped since the […]

How should PMQs be reformed?

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2014

Prime Minister’s Questions, the half-hour weekly pantomime that transfixes Westminster and the SW1 media, got a deserved pasting from the Hansard Society this week which released a report, Tuned in or Turned off? Public attitudes to PMQs. The results couldn’t be clearer. PMQs is a significant ‘cue’ or ‘building block’ for the public’s perceptions of […]

How Nick Clegg should deal with Tory Eurosceptics at PMQs today

by Stephen Tall on May 15, 2013

Caron’s already given you the 70 minute warning that Nick Clegg is standing in for David Cameron at PMQs today at 12 noon. The Mail’s Matt Chorley has a suggestion for his best approach to the head-banging wing of the Tory party: The best way for Nick Clegg to deal with Tory Eurosceptics at PMQs [...]

Just what was Ed Miliband thinking of at PMQs today?

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2013

Ed Miliband was always going to be on a loser today. Eurosceptic Tory MPs (ie, pretty much all of them) are cock-a-hoop at their Tory leader finally giving into their demands, and giving them what they’ve always wanted and he’s (…)

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Nick’s second ‘Letter from the Leader’: featuring PMQs, Leveson Inquiry & tax-cuts for the low-paid

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2012

Nick Clegg’s second letter to members and supporters has hit my inbox… This week’s email focuses on two issues. First, the impending Leveson Report into what form of media (self-)regulation will be needed to ensure newspapers don’t continue to abuse their power in the way that was exposed so forensically during Sir Brian’s inquiry. And [...]

What Nick told Harriet at PMQs today

by Stephen Tall on November 7, 2012

Nick Clegg’s bravura performance earned him many plaudits today from among others: Caron Lindsay on LibDemVoice; James Forsyth at The Spectator; Sam Macrory on PoliticsHome; and George Eaton at the New Statesman.

Q: What links the AV referendum, boundary changes & Lords reform? A: The Coalition Agreement

by Stephen Tall on March 15, 2012

It appears the Tories are attempting a sneaky re-write of some very recent, and well-documented, history. What prompts me to say this? Let’s look at the FT’s Kiran Stacey’s report of Nick Clegg’s feisty performance at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions: [Peter Lilley] asked why he was so focused on House of Lords reform when there [...]

Ed Miliband’s wonky PMQs’ maths

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2011

Paul Walter’s LibDemVoice review of yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions mentioned the Ed Miliband soundbite which has been picked up by much of the media… but so far without the disbelief it’s due. Here’s what the Labour leader said: The difference is that, unlike the Prime Minister, I am not going to demonise the dinner lady, [...]

How the Westminster Village media is still struggling with concept of coalition

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

It can be surprisingly easy to excite some journalists. Today is a case in point. Nick Clegg stood in for David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions. During his exchanges with Jack Straw (who was standing in for Labour’s Harriet Harman), the Deputy Prime Minister referred to the invasion of Iraq as “illegal”. To most people [...]

The last word on the ‘first Liberal leader since the 1920s’ PMQs?

by Stephen Tall on July 21, 2010

Were the Lib Dems right to tweet earlier today that Nick Clegg would taoday become “the first Liberal leader since 1922 to lead PMQs”? That’s the question that’s been raging today. My LDV Co-Editor Mark Pack believes he has the definitive answer, and has blogged it in his professional capacity here. His conclusion: “strictly speaking [...]



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