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Liberal Hero of the Week #60: Andrew Adonis

by Stephen Tall on February 21, 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.  Andrew Adonis Labour peer and former transport secretary Reason: for getting to grips with transport reality with his London by Bus week. Last week, I gave the nod to Ed Miliband for […]

CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #41: Peter Mandelson

by Stephen Tall on July 5, 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.  Lord (Peter) Mandelson Former Labour cabinet minister and éminence grise Reason: for voicing concerns that HS2 ‘could be an expensive mistake’ Three cheers for Peter Mandelson! That’s not a sentence I expected […]

CentreForum’s ‘Liberal Hero of the Week’ #9 – Norman Baker: a guest post by Tom Papworth

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2012

Welcome to the ninth 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 simple enough: to showcase public figures who help promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book: economic, personal, political and social liberalism. […]

Three intriguing opinion poll results that made me go, “Hmm, really?”

by Stephen Tall on August 1, 2012

Looking through some of YouGov’s recent poll results (as you do on a summer’s evening during the Olympics), a trio of responses struck me as, well, slightly bizarre. See what you think… Lib Dem voters LEAST LIKELY to think Britain is best at cricket, MOST LIKELY to think we’re best at cycling This may simply […]

Swinson: Brits spend as much time commuting as they do on holiday

by Stephen Tall on August 31, 2009

Are you spending half your August Bank Holiday Monday stuck in a traffic jam? Well, just think of it as extra vacation. Lib Dem research has revealed that the average British commuter spends the equivalent of 23 working days per (…)

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The cost of pavement politics

by Stephen Tall on August 25, 2009

What’s cost the taxpayer £82m over the last five years? Answer: compensation claims against county councils and unitary authorities by members of the public who have tripped on pavements. The figures from 90 local authorities were obtained by the Lib (…)

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Stormin' Norm: "One in seven MPs in luxurious Government cars"

by Stephen Tall on July 16, 2009

Here’s the innocuous-enough sounding press release from the Deprtment of Transport, ‘Cost of Ministerial Cars for 2008’. But look at the bottom-line – well, you could do if they’d published one. What the bottom-line would show is that the cost (…)

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Daily View 2×2: 1 July 2009

by Stephen Tall on July 1, 2009

2 Big Stories British economy in worst state in over half a century Perhaps it’s the sweltering weather, perhaps recession fatigue has set in, but there is little reaction to yesterday’s startling news that the British economy contracted by 2.4% (…)

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Adonis declares end of the road for road-pricing

by Stephen Tall on June 25, 2009

From today’s FT (well worth reading today for other reasons): The government will “definitely not” proceed with a national road-user charging scheme if it wins the next election, the new transport secretary has said, in the most comprehensive renunciation so (…)

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At least the trains are running on time (Or are they?)

by Stephen Tall on May 27, 2009

The news isn’t all doom ‘n’ gloom, y’know – even in the Telegraph: Trains are more punctual than ever, Network Rail has claimed, with more than nine out of 10 arriving on time over the past year. The figures are (…)

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