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Vince Cable in his own words on the sale of Royal Mail

by Stephen Tall on April 1, 2014

The publication of a report today by the National Audit Office criticising the “deep caution” of Vince Cable’s department in setting the sale price of shares in Royal Mail has, inevitably, been leapt on by opponents of the policy. Critics who would, of course, have been equally happy crowing if the Department of Business, Innovation […]

Without a shadow of a doubt: Vince Cable should be the Lib Dems’ Shadow Chancellor at the 2015 election

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2014

One of the quirks of being in coalition is the Lib Dems no longer have a shadow chancellor. But we shall need one in time for the 2015 general election – not least for the traditional televised ‘Ask the Chancellors’ debate. There have been newspaper reports that there’s some jockeying for this position, with the […]

What Vince Cable said about teachers – and, more importantly, what he meant

by Stephen Tall on March 6, 2014

“Teachers know absolutely nothing about the world of work.” That’s what Vince said if you believe today’s newspaper headlines. And they’re right, he did use those words. But what the newspapers are choosing to ignore is what he meant by them. Here’s the full quote, from a question-and-answer session about how best to improve the […]

Après Nick: which Lib Dem MPs are best-placed to become the next Lib Dem leader?

by Stephen Tall on February 16, 2014

Today’s Independent has an interesting story speculating on the Lib Dem leadership contest to come if the 2015 election result triggers Nick Clegg’s resignation. It’s one of the features of this parliament – perhaps linked to it being a fixed-term in which we know the dates are all known – that there hasn’t been nearly […]

Nick and Vince on the economy: Compare and Contrast

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2014

Nick Clegg today says the Coalition stuck to Plan A: Despite the endless clamour to change course on our economic strategy, we held our nerve and resisted calls for a Plan B – and it’s paying off. Vince Cable last night points (…)

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Vince Cable nails Labour’s crass and inaccurate attacks on Lib Dems’ support for the minimum wage

by Stephen Tall on January 15, 2014

Sometimes you’ll hear Labour folk claim, with absolute certainty, that the Lib Dems opposed the introduction of the minimum wage in 1998. They’re wrong, as a glance at the voting record shows not a single Lib Dem MP voted against and 26 voted in favour. Today Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Work and Pensions, […]

‘Help to Buy’: 61% of Lib Dem members oppose Government’s cheap mortgage scheme

by Stephen Tall on December 24, 2013

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum  to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 750 party members responded – thank you – and we’re publishing the full results. Party members reject ‘Help to Buy’ by 61% to 27% Do you […]

YouGov: Nick edges Vince on economic trust

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2013

Which politician (or combination of politicians) would the public most trust to run the British economy? That’s the question YouGov asked, and here are results courtesy the PLMR blog: Overall David Cameron has the single best economic trust figure (35%) followed by Ed Miliband (30%). As you might expect this breaks broadly on party lines: […]

YouGov: Nick edges Vince on economic trust

by Stephen Tall on October 24, 2013

Which politician (or combination of politicians) would the public most trust to run the British economy? That’s the question YouGov asked, and here are results courtesy the PLMR blog: Overall David Cameron has the single best economic trust figure (35%) followed by Ed Miliband (30%). As you might expect this breaks broadly on party lines: […]

On the Lib Dem conference polling bump (lack thereof) and what it means for the party

by Stephen Tall on October 2, 2013

The Labour party’s been enjoying a post-conference bump in the polls on the back of Ed Miliband’s bit of unexpected populism of promising a 20-month energy price freeze. At the weekend, Labour opened up an 11-point lead over the Tories, hitting 42%, its highest level since June. Of course party conferences frequently distort the polls. […]



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