Posts Tagged “total politics”

“You are using a rose tinted brain”. My reply to an unsolicited correspondent.

by Stephen Tall on February 7, 2015

Here’s a cheery email I received this week in response to my latest column at Total Politics, ‘We Lib Dems are stuck between being ignored and unpopular’ — a title which I’d have thought suggested realism but which my correspondent (…)

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First Euro poll of 2014 shows Lib Dems at 7%. Can we make being ‘The Party of IN’ work for us by the time of the real election?

by Stephen Tall on January 16, 2014

The first poll this year asking how people will vote in May’s European elections has been published today by YouGov. It gives the following headline ratings compared with the last elections in 2009: Conservative 17% (-11%) Labour 24% (+8%) Lib Dem 7% (-7%) Ukip 19% (+2%) Feed these numbers (plus those for the Greens, SNP/Plaid […]

My column for Total Politics: Hold tight, get lucky

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2014

My latest column for Total Politics is now available to read online. Its titled ‘Hold tight, get lucky’, with the slightly inflammatory sub-heading: ‘Lib Dems who want a coalition with Labour should consider the consequences of letting go of the (…)

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Liberal Conspiracy is dead – and so too’s the amateur blogger (more or less)

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2013

Sunny Hundal announced on Friday that left-of-centre blog Liberal Conspiracy is coming to an end: I no longer have the time to maintain Liberal Conspiracy as a daily-updated news and opinion blog, so as of today I’m going to stop. This site will become an occasionally updated personal blog, with the odd guest-post. It’s fair […]

Bob Worcester forecasts Lib Dems to be reduced to 24 seats in 2015. I’ll run naked down Whitehall if that’s the result.

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2013

At a conference fringe meeting on Monday evening, the pollster’s pollster Bob Worcester, MORI’s founder, made a forecast of how many seats the Lib Dems will win at the 2015 election: 24. His prediction was based on current polling which he’d fed into the Electoral Calculus website and implied the number should be 17. His […]

“Liberalism shouldn’t be about the safe option, it should always be a risky thing to take on.” Alistair Carmichael on life in the Coalition as Lib Dem chief whip

by Stephen Tall on October 30, 2012

There’s a terrific interview with Lib Dem chief whip Alistair Carmichael in this month’s Total Politics magazine, in which he gives a typically candid view on what life is like as within the Coalition — and how the Lib Dem whipping operation differs from Labour’s and the Tories’. Here’s a few excerpts: “I would say […]

The Saturday Debate: Can a progressive alliance between the Lib Dems and Labour work?

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2011

Here’s your starter for ten in our Saturday slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… ‘Can a progressive alliance between the Lib Dems and Labour work?’ That is the question asked in this month’s issues of Total Politics magazine, debated by Neal Lawson of the left-leaning Compass pressure group (who argues […]

Total Politics Top 75 Lib Dem blogs list published

by Stephen Tall on September 6, 2010

It’s two months since Total Politics asked blog-readers to vote for their Top 10 favourite blogs in their annual survey promoted here on LDV, as well as at LabourList and Iain Dale’s Diary. More than 2,200 people voted, and here is the full list of the Top 75 Lib Dem blogs according to the voters […]

LDV weekend meme: what is the state of the Lib Dem blogosphere?

by Stephen Tall on July 18, 2010

When Iain Dale asked if Lib Dem Voice would once again co-sponsor Total Politics’ Best Blog Poll 2010, he also set me some homework: to write c.1,500 words on ‘the State of the LibDem blogosphere’ by the end of the month. As you will see from the date, my deadline is fast approaching. I’ve got […]

Top 75 Lib Dem blogs: the Total Politics List

by Stephen Tall on September 1, 2009

It’s six weeks since Total Politics asked blog-readers to vote for their Top 10 favourite blogs in their annual survey promoted here on LDV, as well as at LabourList and Iain Dale’s Diary. More than 1,500 people voted, and here (…)

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