Posts Tagged “Scotland”

3 quick thoughts on the Richmond Park by-election

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2016

Embed from Getty Images The last two times I’ve gone to bed reasonably confident my side would win an election, I’ve had a rotten, sleepless night. Last night I went to bed reckoning my side would fall just short and (…)

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Europe and the Election (2): In defence of Nicola Sturgeon

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

(You can read Europe and the Election (1): Blair’s back, but wrong here.) Nicola Sturgeon has taken some stick today for hinting the SNP might call for another independence referendum in their 2016 Scottish parliament manifesto, despite Alex Salmond having previously said (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #87: Daniel Hannan

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2015

Daniel Hannan Conservative MEP for South East England Reason: for his support of localism. Former Labour Lord Chancellor once pithily said of the “West Lothian Question” — Tam Dalyell’s famous formulation that it cannot be right for a Scottish MP (…)

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Devo-max for Scotland: what Lib Dem members think

by Stephen Tall on November 29, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. 747 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. On Thursday, the Smith Commission published its recommendations on how to take forward […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #75: Jim Murphy

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2014

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  Jim Murphy Labour MP for East Renfrewshire Reason: for taking his ‘No Thanks’ message to the people The Scottish independence referendum campaign is over (at least for a few years), rejected decisively […]

Jo Swinson launches “Scotland should stay!” petition

by Stephen Tall on August 16, 2014

Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, is inviting those who “think Scotland should be [sic] stay part of the United Kingdom” to sign a petition saying so ahead of the independence referendum on 18th September. Here’s the text of the email circulated to party members last night: In just over a month my […]

64% of Lib Dems say Scotland is ‘Better Together’ with the rest of the United Kingdom

by Stephen Tall on April 26, 2014

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 830 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Two-thirds of Lib Dem members opposed to Scottish independence Do you support […]

Who’s afraid of Scottish independence?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2014

The last month has seen the ‘Yes Scotland’ independence campaign take a battering. First, Mark Carney raised doubts about Alex Salmond’s plans for a post-independence currency union between Scotland and the remainder of the UK. This warning was echoed when, with more naked partisanship, George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls teamed up to state […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #18: Theresa May & Michael Moore

by Stephen Tall on October 19, 2012

Welcome to the 18th in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases public figures who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism, highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from beyond […]

On THAT insulting Economist front cover which disgracefully pokes fun at a proud country for its financial frailty

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2012

I mean how DARE they? How very dare they: The Economist, 27 Jan 2011 Elsewhere, the magazine-which-calls-itself-a-newspaper has analysed the prospects of Scotland if it decides to declare UDI from the United Kingdom. It has produced a terrifically balanced assessment (…)

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