Posts Tagged “saturday debate”

The Saturday Debate: Local government is to the Lib Dems what the unions are to Labour and big business is to the Tories

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… I was struck by this recent article by the Economist’s political columnist Bagehot, headlined When progressive actually means misanthropic, reflecting on the Lib Dem conference, and specifically the debate on free schools. Highlighting that, while the […]

The Saturday Debate: What do we mean by middle-class?

by Stephen Tall on July 31, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate: Class has always been an intangible concept in the UK. While most countries would define it quite simply as a function of income, in our class-hungover country there are all manner of other factors: state or […]

The Saturday Debate: Time for British troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan

by Stephen Tall on July 3, 2010

Here’s your starter for ten as we continue our Saturday slot posing a view for debate: Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies has recently written to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg renewing his call for British troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan: It is very difficult to justify our continued engagement when the reasons for it […]

The Saturday Debate: The last thing we need is politicians who emote

by Stephen Tall on June 5, 2010

After an extended election break, we’re reviving our Saturday slot posing a view for debate: The election campaign of 2010 will, above all, be remembered for the transformative effect of the television debates, and the breakthrough of Nick Clegg. They were, in the main, substantive discussions in which real policies – and real political differences […]