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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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“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “The Lib Dems.”

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2015

That’s how my latest ‘Underdog’ column in the paperless Total Politics magazine begins, as a way in to discuss the real worry for the Lib Dems right now: that we’re seen as irrelevant. Here’s an excerpt: Viewed with gold-tinted spectacles through a (…)

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Read all about it… my collected ‘The Underdog’ columns for Total Politics magazine

by Stephen Tall on December 29, 2014

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, I know. I’ve been writing my monthly ‘The Underdog’ column for Total Politics magazine since October 2013, and have finally gotten round to uploading them. Two ways you can read all of them: (…)

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My Total Politics column: Tidings of comfort and joy for the Lib Dems. Ish. Very ish.

by Stephen Tall on November 23, 2014

‘Tis the season to be jolly, even for Lib Dems. Bah, humbug. A year ago, I made a prediction: ‘I don’t expect to see much, if any, uplift in the Lib Dems’ flat-lining 10% polling yet.’ If only… How I (…)

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My Total Politics column: The coming Lib Dem battle to persuade the “persuadables”

by Stephen Tall on October 20, 2014

The Lib Dem spinners were more than a little nervous in the lead-up to the party’s conference in Glasgow. Not about headline-grabbing policy defeats at the hands of the party grassroots — carefully constructed compromises had been hammered out in advance. Nor (…)

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My Total Politics column: The Lib Dems are still alive… Just about.

by Stephen Tall on September 9, 2014

We few, we happy few, we band of Lib Dems will shortly gather in Glasgow: our final rally before the election battle to come. The setting will once again be the city’s confusingly cavernous SECC conference centre. Last year it (…)

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My Total Politics column: Why getting battered and bruised may turn out to be an unavoidable occupational hazard of being Lib Dem leader

by Stephen Tall on June 20, 2014

Nick Clegg emerged from May’s local and European elections  battered and bruised, but with his leadership intact – just about. The cack-handed attempt by Vince Cable’s friend Lord Oakeshott  to stir insurrection against Clegg by leaking unfavourable private polls he’d paid for in battleground (…)

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My Total Politics column: The pragmatists have it – why Clegg will cling on

by Stephen Tall on May 26, 2014

Thursday, 22nd May, was the Lib Dems’ own Black Thursday. Over the following four long, agonising days, the party watched as first the local and then the European election results brutally revealed the cost of entering into coalition with the (…)

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My Total Politics column: Might Clegg jump before 2015? Here’s how it could work…

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2014

It’s time to talk about Nick Clegg’s future. He’s now in his seventh year as Lib Dem leader, and that anniversary’s famous itch is starting to chafe. Should he stay or should he go now? This question – one previously (…)

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My Total Politics column: Nick v Nigel – hope is now the official Lib Dem electoral strategy

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2014

“Listen, don’t mention Ukip! I mentioned them once, but I think I got away with it.” It’s not (quite) a line from Fawlty Towers, but has been the conventional wisdom of the three main party leaders for years. David Cameron (…)

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