Posts Tagged “the times”

FAO all leadership contenders: “Clever politicians push against the grain of their own party”

by Stephen Tall on July 10, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com The Times’s Philip Collins writes today about the political savviness of George Osborne’s sudden conversion to a higher minimum wage than promised by Ed Miliband (£9/hour by 2020, compared with £8/hour): There are two lessons here (…)

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The day I interviewed Charles Kennedy

by Stephen Tall on June 3, 2015

I properly met Charles Kennedy only once, when I interviewed him for LibDemVoice at the party’s 2007 conference. It was 18 months since he’d resigned the leadership but, with Ming Campbell visibly struggling in the role, there was still speculation (…)

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Lib Dem manifesto 2015 – my takes for The Times and Total Politics

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2015

This week was Manifesto Week — curb your excitement — and I offered my views on what the Lib Dems have to say to the electorate over at The Times’s Red Box blog… Commitments to balance the budget, cut taxes (…)

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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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Forget about the Greens, it’s still the economy which should worry Labour most

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2015

Over at this morning’s edition of The Times’s Red Box email, Philip Webster says, “I’m still looking for the “killer question” that tells us who the nation wants to form the next government”. I think the one reported today is (…)

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Are the Greens to the Lib Dems what Ukip is to the Tories?

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2014

“As Ukip is to the Tories, so can the Green party be to the Lib Dems.” That’s a sentence I wrote here, almost seven years ago, on 3rd November, 2007. In The Times, Sam Coates has looked at how the quiet rise of the Greens in recent months – the party polled just ahead of […]

++BREAKING: Antidisestablishmentarian Times and Telegraph reveal new danger posed by 150 year-old Liberal pledge for separation of Church and State

by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2014

Is there no actual news happening today? Sounds a stupid question. I mean, the US has accused Russia of deliberately destabilising Ukraine, affordability tests for new mortgages are going to be toughened, and the state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has vetoed big bonuses for staff. All important, interesting stories. Then I looked at today’s Times […]

On Sarah Wollaston’s naming and shaming in The Times of “very aggressive male bloggers”

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2014

Blogging is back in the headlines again today. Dr Sarah Wollaston, the feistily independent Conservative MP for Totnes, has hit back at those online critics who denounced her role in the trial of her fellow Tory, Nigel Evans, acquitted this week on all charges of sexual assault and one of rape. In an interview with […]

The verdict of Philip Collins, chief speech writer for Tony Blair, on Nick Clegg: “the Deputy Prime Minister should be applauded by all liberal voters”

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2014

Philip Collins uses his column in today’s Times to write something not often written on that paper’s pages (or anywhere else for that matter): praise for the Lib Dems in Coalition. Here’s the paywalled link, and here’s a glimpse behind the paywall of what he has to say: It is therefore a serious defence of […]

My Times ‘Thunderer’ column: Jeremy Browne has yet to show that “Thatcherism plus immigration” will prove to be a vote-winner

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2014

Here’s my piece for The Times’s Thunderer column, which was published there yesterday: Jeremy Browne is on the hunt for “a bold, ambitious liberal party”. The Lib Dem MP does not believe his own party quite cuts it, pointedly criticising Team (…)

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