Posts Tagged “the independent”

Liberal Hero of the Week #74: The Independent front page

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 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.  The Independent front page UK newspaper Reason: for reporting a terrorist murder without sensationalising it You’re a newspaper editor and a big international story breaks: a US journalist is seemingly murdered by […]

Lib Dems on the front page. Don’t worry, this time it’s for our tax policies

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2014

“Lib Dems declare war on rich” is the hyperbolic front page of today’s Independent. It’s tagged ‘exclusive’ though the article seems to be reporting Lib Dem policy as approved by the party’s September 2013 conference – namely: (1) Introduce a Mansion Tax, applicable at 1% on the value of a residential property in excess of […]

“Osborne’s waving an enormous red flag” – Social Liberal Forum’s warning to Lib Dems over Autumn Statement

by Stephen Tall on December 11, 2013

Prateek Buch, director of the Social Liberal Forum, has an article in today’s Independent – The Lib Dems should not sign up to Osborne’s austerity straitjacket – issuing a stark warning to his fellow Lib Dems to take note of the “enormous red flag” he says was waved by George Osborne in last week’s Autumn […]

‘Red lines’ v ‘a long shopping list’: Clegg sets out plan for slimline 2015 manifesto

by Stephen Tall on June 22, 2013

Nick Clegg will be speaking today at the party’s local government conference in Manchester (Nick Thornsby will be covering it throughout the day here on LDV) and The Independent is one of the newspapers which trails what he’ll say. Here’s my quick take on the top lines on which they’ve been pre-briefed… The Deputy Prime […]

How would you answer the question about the Lib Dems the Indy asks all with an open mind to consider?

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

Mark Pack has posted excerpts here from Nick Clegg’s interview in the Independent today — but it’s worth highlighting also the conclusion of the paper’s leading article today assessing the Lib Dems’ contribution during the first two years of Coalition Government: There remains much to criticise this Government for, and The Independent on Sunday disagrees […]

Indy splashes on Lib Dem Voice members’ survey findings

by Stephen Tall on January 6, 2012

Our latest Lib Dem Voice members’ survey (the final results from which will be published this weekend) has generated ample coverage in today’s Independent — including this rather splendid graphic showing who you chose as the top/bottom 5 performing Lib Dems: Here’s some of what the paper wrote about the findings (and, don’t forget, you […]

The Independent. It isn’t.

by Stephen Tall on January 5, 2011

‘Lib Dem support hits all-time low’ shouts the front page of the Independent today. It’s a bit of a rum story for two reasons. First, because it’s not true — though I recognise that’s rarely a reason for a newspaper not to run a story. Those who doubt my word can read Anthony Wells’ UK […]

Why a part of me is cheering on Rupert Murdoch

by Stephen Tall on November 5, 2010

At face value, the figures released by News International this week showing that The Times and Sunday Times had registered some 105,000 customer sales since its paywall was erected in July sounded like good news. As analysts attempted to decipher the company’s ‘fuzzy numbers‘, doubts began to creep in. Understanding those paywall figures The reality […]

What I said about the Coalition to the Indy

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2010

The Independent, which became almost readable during the election, has — ever since the Coalition — been a sour, snarky, sarky read. Today’s not an exception. Under the perplexing headline, Confused: The Liberal Democrat party disciples who can no longer (…)

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Top Lib Dem asks: was Ashcroft’s peerage given under false pretences?

by Stephen Tall on March 7, 2010

Today’s Telegraph reports that Lib Dem peer Lord (Matthew) Oakeshott has called for all documents relating to Tory donor Lord (Michael) Ashcroft’s peerage to be made public to establish whether the Queen conferred the honour under false pretences:
Lord Oakeshott, Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, wrote to Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, urging him to publish all […]