Posts Tagged “the guardian”

No, the Lib Dems are not being “saved” by first-past-the-post

by Stephen Tall on February 19, 2015

‘The Lib Dems have admitted that they are now relying on the first-past-the-post voting system to save them from a wipeout in May.’ (The Times) ‘… the Liberal Democrats will be saved from wipe out by the first-past-the-post system.’ (The Guardian) (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #84: Raif Badawi

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2015

Raif Badawi Saudi Arabian writer who created the Free Saudi Liberals website Reason: for standing up for free speech against an autocratic regime A lot of people have spoken up for free speech in the days since the attacks on (…)

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Does everyone want to live in London?

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2014

That was my deliberately provocative question asked at The Guardian / British Academy round-table on immigration I took part in last week at Lib Dem conference – reported in the paper here under the headline ‘A numbers game that does not (…)

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ICM poll: Tories edge ahead of Labour, while Ukip collapse to 4th behind Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on July 17, 2014

Amidst all the reshuffle excitement, I didn’t get chance to report the latest ICM poll – regarded by pundits as the ‘gold standard’ – for The Guardian, published on Tuesday. It shows the Tories a nose ahead of Labour, 34% to 33%, with Ukip slumping to fourth place (9%) behind the Lib Dems on 12%. […]

‘What Works’? Here’s what I wrote for the Guardian Public live-chat about putting evidence to use in schools

by Stephen Tall on December 4, 2013

I’ve written a fair amount about evidence-based policy over the past couple of years – check-out my posts here – partly linked to my day-job fund-raising for the Education Endowment Foundation, a charity which aims to increase the attainment of (…)

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CentreForum Liberal Heroes of the Week #52: Mr Burton and Musharaf Asghar from Channel 4?s Educating Yorkshire

by Stephen Tall on October 25, 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.  Mr Burton and Musharaf Asghar Stars of last night’s Educating Yorkshire Reason: Mr Burton for teaching and Musharaf for discovering the power of education to give you a voice that can be […]

Journalism in a digital age (and the curious case of The Guardian disliking paywalls but liking the licence fee)

by Stephen Tall on October 10, 2013

Two fascinating articles published this week about the future of journalism in a digital age. First, the FT editor Lionel Barber explains the paper’s move not simply to a digital-first strategy, but in fact a digital-mainly strategy: … the 1970s-style newspaper publishing (…)

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Teather’s alternative voice on immigration: “it bothers me that there is a consensus among the three party leaders”

by Stephen Tall on July 14, 2013

Good on Sarah Teather. This weekend’s Guardian carries an excellent in-depth interview with the Lib Dem former children’s minister by Decca Aitkenhead in which she makes clear her deep unease not only with the Coalition’s immigration policy, but also the political consensus of the three party leaders that public concern about immigration means they must […]

The Sun story about Chris Huhne that was a total invention (and which the other papers happily copied)

by Stephen Tall on May 19, 2013

Remember that front page Sun story from 13 March? On the off-chance Voice readers missed this exclusive, let’s refersh your memory of the splash: Disgraced MP Chris Huhne was ridiculed on his first day in Wandsworth jail yesterday — after a warder called him to breakfast by yelling “Order! Order!” Only one small problem with […]

Mrs Thatcher’s impact: how the public sees it now, how LDV readers saw it in 2008

by Stephen Tall on April 9, 2013

The Guardian is the first off the blocks with an ICM poll asking the public’s retrospective verdict on Margaret Thatcher’s record in office. Here’s the topline figure of whether her 11-year premiership had been good or bad for Britain: The paper also asked about specific policies, finding: The sale of council homes and tackling of […]