Posts Tagged “trade unions”

Liberal Hero of the Week #72: Vince Cable

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 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.  Vince Cable Lib Dem Business Secretary Reason: For sticking up for the right of workers to go on strike. There are many reasons over the couple of years the Liberal Heroes series […]

The remarkable similarity between Ed Miliband and Monty Python’s Brave Knight

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2013

The Guardian reports: Ed Miliband will say to the boss of Britain’s third largest union that he is determined to press ahead with reforming the Labour party’s funding in the aftermath of his organisation’s decision to slash its affiliation funds (…)

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Miliband vs McCluskey: 2 points that strike me about the Labour/Unite row over alleged candidate selection rigging

by Stephen Tall on July 7, 2013

Looking in from the outside, albeit as a former Labour member myself, two points strike me about the Labour/Unite row over the alleged attempt by the union to rig the selection of the party’s general election candidate in Falkirk. What’s the opposite of nominative determinism? Asking on behalf of Unite. — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) July […]

Liberal Hero of the Week #34: Margaret Thatcher. (She’s also a Liberal Villain, too.)

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week 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 they stick up […]

Miliband moves on party funding: offers £5k cap including union donations (but what about members’ opt-in?)

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

Three weeks after the latest funding furore to hit politics — when Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas touted influence on government policy for £250k a pop — Ed Miliband has seized the initiative, proposing to limit all donations from individuals, organisations and unions to a maximum of £5,000. Here’s the BBC report: Labour leader Ed Miliband […]

LDVideo: Nick Clegg – “It is time we knew whether the Labour party can think for itself.”

by Stephen Tall on November 19, 2011

Lib Dem Voice contributor Paul Walter noted here Nick Clegg’s strong response in this week’s Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions to the Labour party’s aim of protecting its cosy financial relationship with the trade unions —…

Cable and Alexander on union strike threats: there’s got to be pensions reform, but we want to negotiate

by Stephen Tall on June 18, 2011

With trade unions threatening “sustained and indefinite” strike action if the Coalition goes ahead with its aims to reform public sector pensions in line with Labour peer Lord Hutton’s recommendations, Lib Dem cabinet ministers have been sticking to a simple message to calm the situation: there has to be reform, but we’re very hapy to […]

Are the unions a bigger threat to the Lib Dems than Ashcroft was?

by Stephen Tall on October 22, 2010

A Guardian headline today reads, Unions focus on Lib Dem seats in battle to save jobs. The story makes clear how trade unions will mobilise their resources to fight the budget cuts unveiled this by George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review — and in particular focus on Lib Dems: The campaign is expected to focus on […]