Posts Tagged “rafael behr”

Liberal Conspiracy is dead – and so too’s the amateur blogger (more or less)

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2013

Sunny Hundal announced on Friday that left-of-centre blog Liberal Conspiracy is coming to an end: I no longer have the time to maintain Liberal Conspiracy as a daily-updated news and opinion blog, so as of today I’m going to stop. This site will become an occasionally updated personal blog, with the odd guest-post. It’s fair […]

CentreForum Liberal Heroes of the Week #44: Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour leaders on Redbridge London Borough Council

by Stephen Tall on August 2, 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.  Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour leaders on Redbridge London Borough Council Keith Prince, Ian Bond and Jas Athwal (respectively) Reason: for opposing the Home Office’s ‘Go Home’ poster-vans targeting illegal immigrants Vans […]

A personal guide to the 13 most essential political podcasts

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2013

Commuting is a major part of my daily life, so I find podcasts are an essential way to make use of time I’d otherwise spend staring vacantly out the window or idly refreshing and re-refreshing Twitter. Here, in order of where they appear in my iTunes directory, are the podcasts I listen to most frequently… [...]

Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on December 22, 2012

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices culled from the 50+ I’ve linked to this last week. You can follow me on Delicious here. Kings, queens and the political chess match – Sue Cameron ponders what the invitation to HM The Queen to attend cabinet this week could [...]

Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on December 8, 2012

It’s Saturday evening, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Britain and Europe: Making the break – The Economist‘s verdict on many Europhobes’ éjaculation nocturne: ‘The most likely outcome would be that Britain would find itself as a scratchy outsider with somewhat limited access to the single market, almost no influence [...]

Your essential weekend reader — 12 must-read articles you may have missed

by Stephen Tall on November 24, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are twelve thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… The lottery of life: Where to be born in 2013 – The Economist‘s annual list of the top quality-of-life countries: ‘Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions [...]

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

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… Three big things I’ve got wrong since I’ve starting blogging and commenting – ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie confesses to a trio of big errors on the NHS, higher-rate tax and equalities: “One of the many reasons I don’t want to be an [...]

Are Lib Dems missing the moral high ground?

by Stephen Tall on October 11, 2012

The New Statesman’s fair-minded political editor Rafael Behr has written a post-conference post mortem for each of the three parties here. Noting how Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell’s outburst against police ‘plebs’ hijacked the news agenda, reviving the ‘nasty party’ jibes (“Many Lib Dems didn’t seem to mind their demotion down the news agenda and [...]

The Labour Party. Remember them?

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2012

There’s an excellent must-read post on the New Statesman site by Rafael Behr highlighting how Coalition politics is not only eclipsing the Labour party from the media spotlight, but also paralysing its leadership from engaging with internal debate. First, he notes how both the Lib Dems and Tories are being given the freedom to differentiate [...]



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