Posts Tagged “the sun”

The Sun: “Nick Clegg makes a powerful case for reform of our drugs laws”

by Stephen Tall on August 8, 2014

The Lib Dem website says this: “Nick Clegg has announced that the Liberal Democrat manifesto will include a commitment to end imprisonment for possessing drugs for personal use, so that no one is sent to prison, where their only offence is one of possession. Under the proposals, users would instead receive non-custodial sentences and appropriate […]

Phone hacking trial: Coulson found guilty, Cameron apologises

by Stephen Tall on June 24, 2014

The long-awaited trial of David Cameron’s former director of communications, Andy Coulson, concluded today, with the jury finding him guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails as part of the phone-hacking scandal. All Coulson’s co-defendants, including former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, were all found not guilty of various […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #61: Ross Kemp

by Stephen Tall on March 1, 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.  Ross Kemp Actor, broadcaster and former husband of ex-Sun editor Rebekah Brooks Reason: for ensuring The Sun recognised its coverage of Frank Bruno’s mental illness was brutal and wrong. Newspapers are rarely […]

CentreForum’s Liberal Heroes and occasional Villains: a personal selection of the best

by Stephen Tall on January 10, 2014

The idea for a weekly series of Liberal Heroes sprang from a conversation I had in 2012 with Paul Marshall, Chair of CentreForum’s Management Board. And like most ideas, it was stolen. For some time, The Sun had been publishing a weekly series of Heroes and Villains, usually politicians who’d taken up a cause Rupert […]

CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #38: Ed Balls. Our Liberal Villain is Lord Dear.

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 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. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If […]

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 […]

The Sun refuses to back the Tories, says ‘Vote local’ (Aka: The Sun hedges its bets)

by Stephen Tall on May 2, 2013

Does what The Sun says matter? In its own terms, of course not. Its own self-promoted myth that it was ‘The Sun wot won it’ for the Tories in 1992 with its anti-Kinnock front page belies the reality: it backs the party it thinks is most likely to win. It’s in that narrow sense that […]

Nick Clegg is The Sun’s Hero of the Week… again

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2012

Perhaps it’s a pre-Leveson softening up exercise. Or perhaps we’ve activated a Lib Dem sleeper agent at the heart of Wapping. Whatever the explanation, Nick Clegg has been awarded the accolade — for the second time in three weeks — of being The Sun’s Hero of the Week. I’m not sure the reasons for which […]

LDV Caption Competition: Ed Miliband “Basking in The Sun” Edition

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here’s Labour leader Ed Miliband proudly bathing in the reflected glory of The Sun (before Rupert Murdoch’s fall from grace, natch) — what do you think might be being said or thought by or about him? And […]

News International tried to bully the Lib Dems, says Observer. It didn’t work.

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2011

News International ‘bullied Liberal Democrats over BSkyB bid’ is the headline in today’s Observer, with the paper reporting: Rupert Murdoch’s News International launched a campaign of bullying against senior Liberal Democrats in an attempt to force through the company’s bid for BSkyB, high-level sources have told the Observer. Lib Dem insiders say NI officials took […]