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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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Brexit: the problem with promising a second referendum

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2016

Embed from Getty Images I get why Tim Farron has promised the Lib Dems are committed to holding a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. There is a good principled reason for doing so. Regardless of (…)

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Why I think Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for our times

by Stephen Tall on September 6, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Theresa May is pretty much the ideal prime minister for the times we live in. Not because she gives every appearance of being reassuringly tough, shrewd, hard-working and very clearly competent but because she’s no ideologue. (…)

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Theresa May has the endorsement of the Tories – and progressives should be worried

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2016

Politics isn’t just fluid, it’s runny. A couple of weeks ago, I almost took the time and trouble to write a ‘Boris v Theresa’ piece – just as well I didn’t, as it also would’ve ended up spiked by Michael (…)

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How should Lib Dems talk about immigration and Europe?

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com We saw the wrong way to talk about immigration last week – Theresa May’s “awful, ugly, misleading, cynical and irresponsible speech to the Conservative Party conference ” (© Daily Telegraph). But what’s the liberal / LibDem (…)

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Corbyn: good or bad for the Lib Dems?

by Stephen Tall on September 15, 2015

I’ve an article on today’s Times Red Box blog looking at how (and whether) the Lib Dems can capitalise on Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. The obvious answer is we don’t know. The parallel with 1981-83, when hard-left Bennism (…)

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We (Lib Dems) don’t need no education. Apparently.

by Stephen Tall on August 9, 2015

Tim Farron has announced his seven campaigning priorities for the Lib Dems this Parliament. And one topic is notable by its absence: Rural Communities and Vice Chair – Mark Williams MP EU referendum – Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim (…)

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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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Osborne’s budget: who reckons the Lib Dems would have cheered it if we’d still been in government?

by Stephen Tall on July 9, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com A couple of months ago I highlighted a potential pitfall for the Lib Dems of assuming the post-Coalition Tories would “revert to type, that their swivel-eyed, nut-job element will triumph”: For the past five years, David (…)

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The “Orange Booker” case for supporting Tim Farron

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2015

Yes, you read that headline right. I’ve already said why I’m supporting Tim Farron as next Lib Dem leader. This is a brief coda addressed specifically to those party members, like me, who are quite happy still to be regarded (…)

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