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It’s not just Iraq – the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign is founded on a big Labour apology

by Stephen Tall on August 21, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Apologies are in the air: Jeremy Corbyn has said he will apologise on behalf of the Labour party for the Iraq war if he’s elected leader in 21 days. As Ian Leslie points out, this is (…)

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Confessions of a Labour entryist: how I’m voting in the leadership election

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com A month ago today, I registered as a Labour supporter, paid my £3, and was swiftly thanked by the party’s general secretary. I was partly driven by curiosity — kind of a mystery shopper excursion to (…)

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Why I still don’t think Corbyn will win (and why I may be talking rubbish)

by Stephen Tall on August 19, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Unless you’re a bookie looking for an easy publicity-shot, we have no idea who will be named Labour’s new leader on 12th September. At the moment, Jeremy Corbyn seems a shoo-in. But there are dissenters — (…)

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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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Europe and the Election (1): Blair’s back, but wrong

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

(You can read Europe and the Election (2): In defence of Nicola Sturgeon here.) Europe, until yesterday, was the dog that hadn’t barked in this drab election campaign — a campaign in which, for all the media-saturation, journalists seem content (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #59: Ed Miliband

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 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.  Ed Miliband Labour leader Reason: for starting to talk the talk of devolving power to people. Politicians always talk of giving power to the people – when they’re in opposition. Their enthusiasm […]

Good on Damian McBride – making the case for coalition government

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2013

I’ve met Damian McBride only once, in February this year. Two things struck me. First, how much healthier (and happier) he looked than he did in 2008 when his role in a dirty tricks campaign against the Tories was exposed. He was only 34 when that furore flared, yet in pictures from the time he […]

Your essential weekend reader — my personal pick of the week’s must-reads

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2013

It’s Sunday morning, so here are a dozen of thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices, culled from all those I’ve linked to this past fortnight. You can follow me on Delicious here. Immigration and the knowledge economy – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg makes the business case for immigration reform in the US, but the lesson […]

David Cameron’s ‘a little and often’ leadership doesn’t suit him and isn’t Prime Ministerial

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2012

The Telegraph’s James Kirkup, one of that paper’s few fair-minded political commentators, has written a thought-provoking article, A devil’s advocate defence of David Cameron and No 10. His case for the defence is first, that we (public, media) shouldn’t assume the role of Prime Minister has always to follow the command/control style of Margaret Thatcher […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #13 – Elizabeth Wilmshurst (and Nick Harvey)

by Stephen Tall on September 7, 2012

Welcome to the 13th in our series — Liberal Hero of the Week — as chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum.  The aim is to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. We highlight […]



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