Posts Tagged “tim montgomerie”

Brexit, Animal Farm, and political fanatics

by Stephen Tall on February 3, 2016

Can’t think what it was about Tim Montgomerie’s tweet, below, which put me in mind of this quote* from George Orwell’s Animal Farm: “The creatures outside looked from Brexiter to Cybernat, and from Corbynista to Brexiter, and from Brexiter to (…)

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The 8 seats where I’d consider voting tactically – Conservative or Labour – to keep out Ukip

by Stephen Tall on April 24, 2015

Tim Montgomerie has (apparently) risked expulsion from the Conservative party for declaring “If I lived in Sheffield Hallam I’d definitely vote for Nick Clegg” – quite a turnaround for a commentator who said last year “The Lib Dems must ditch Nick (…)

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‘Tax cuts in tough times’ – what I said at the Resolution Foundation

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2014

I spoke yesterday (alongside The Times’s Tim Montgomerie and The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee) at the Resolution Foundation event, Tax cuts in tough times. This marked the publication of their new paper, Missing the target: tax cuts and low to middle income Britain – (…)

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My column for ConHome: The Lib Dems are lucky, very lucky, to be in coalition with the Conservatives

by Stephen Tall on October 23, 2013

My ninth column for ConservativeHome — The Other Side — ran yesterday. You can read it here, as well as the always interesting comments below-the-line. Over a hundred yesterday and the subject wasn’t even Europe. My thanks as ever to (…)

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CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #39: Diane Abbott

by Stephen Tall on June 17, 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 […]

Jon Cruddas: in favour of a 45 top-rate of tax before he was against it

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2013

Sarah Teather isn’t the only MP attacking George Osborne today. Ed Miliband’s policy chief Jon Cruddas has strong words for the Chancellor in the Sunday People, accusing him of “cruelty” and of “giving a tax cut to millionaires” by dropping the top-rate of tax from 50% to 45% for those earning more than £150,000. So […]

The day Lord Bonkers and Philip Collins agreed: the Tories just aren’t up to governing

by Stephen Tall on February 6, 2013

This tweet today from The Times’s Philip Collins — mid-debate between Tim Montgomerie and Matthew d’Ancona about the tortuous fate of Tory modernisation — caught my attention: @matthewdancona @timmontgomerie We all thought the Lib Dems might not be up to (…)

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5 initial thoughts on David Cameron’s Europe speech

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2013

David Cameron delivered his long, long-awaited speech on Europe this morning (text here). Caron’s rounding up the reactions from Lib Dems here – but here are my five initial thoughts… This is the speech Cameron didn’t want ever to have to give. Let’s be clear, David Cameron is making this speech now to try and […]

The political year reviewed on BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour (with me and others)

by Stephen Tall on December 24, 2012

Together with ConservativeHome‘s Tim Montgomerie and Labour blogger Hopi Sen I guested on BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour last night, discussing The Political Year That Was with presenter Carolyn Quinn. You can listen to our 20-minute conversation here:

The 2015 election: Lib Dem prospects in two sentences

by Stephen Tall on December 6, 2012

I spoke at a Brands2Life breakfast meeting on Tuesday, alongside ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie and Policy Network’s Patrick Diamond, looking at Lib Dem hopes/fears for the 2015 general election. It was an interesting, non-partisan dissection of the three main parties’ prospects, (…)

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