Posts Tagged “referendum”

How referendums are the most effective way to maintain the status quo & what it means for Lords reform

by Stephen Tall on May 24, 2012

Warning: this post contains paradoxes and thinking in progress… Paradox 1: When asked, most people in this country say the current system of British politics needs to change. Yet the public consistently votes for small-c conservative parties and causes. Paradox 2: As both a liberal and a democrat, I want a more participative democracy. Yet […]

Nick Clegg’s irrelevance to loss of AV vote

by Stephen Tall on May 15, 2011

How important was Nick Clegg to the loss of the referendum to reform the electoral system? Very important if you believe this anonymous source quoted recently in The Guardian (hat-tip to James Graham): Last night a senior source in the campaign for the alternative vote admitted they knew “very early on” that there was no […]

Lib Dem members say ‘No’ (just) to holding in/out EU referendum in next Parliament

by Stephen Tall on February 14, 2010

At the start of the week, Lib Dem Voice invited the members of our private discussion forum (open to all Lib Dem members) inviting them to take part in a survey, conducted via Liberty Research, asking a number of questions about the party and the current state of British politics. Many thanks to the 200 […]

Lib Dem MPs split on Euro referendum?

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2010

Almost two years ago, in the early weeks of Nick Clegg’s leadership, the Lib Dem parliamentary party managed to tie itself in knots over the question of whether to support a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. In the end three frontbenchers, David Heath, Tim Farron and Alistair Carmichael, quit after defying the party’s three-line whip […]

Over at Comment Is Free … Help save Labour with PR? No thanks

by Stephen Tall on December 1, 2009

I’ve an article published today at The Guardian’s Comment Is Free blog, entitled, Help save Labour with PR? No thanks – republished below. (For the record, though I’m perfectly happy with the headline, I baulk a little at the sub-ed-supplied (…)

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Times: Tavish Scott expected to see off Lib Dem rebellion on opposition to referendum

by Stephen Tall on October 31, 2009

A week ago, LDV asked the question, Is it time for the Scottish Lib Dems to back an independence referendum?, amid suggestions in The Sunday Times that there was “a growing rebellion within the party’s ranks over its opposition to Alex Salmond’s Referendum Bill.” Today’s Times reports that Scottish Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott will […]

Is it time for the Scottish Lib Dems to back an independence referendum?

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 2009

The Sunday Times reports:
Senior Liberal Democrat figures will hold talks in an attempt to halt a growing rebellion within the party’s ranks over its opposition to Alex Salmond’s Referendum Bill. Party managers will meet on Monday to decide the best way of tackling the revolt, which could seriously undermine Tavish Scott’s leadership of the party.
Strategists […]

Tavish vetoes SNP independence referendum hopes

by Stephen Tall on February 26, 2009

Despite Lord (Paddy) Ashdown’s public declaration last week that the Lib Dems should support a referendum on Scottish independence, Tavis Scott has made it clear he won’t budge – here’s today’s Daily Telegraph: Tavish Scott, the Scottish Lib Dem leader (…)

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Paddy: Scottish Lib Dems wrong to veto independence referendum

by Stephen Tall on February 17, 2009

The Scotsman reports on the intervention of former Lib Dem leader, Lord (Paddy) Ashdown: THE Unionist parties in Scotland should back a referendum on independence to finish off the SNP as a political force once and for all, former Liberal (…)

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