Posts Tagged “welfare”

Lessons of Coalition: what do the Lib Dems need to learn from the first 3 years?

by Stephen Tall on July 30, 2013

We’re more than three years in. What started in the Rose Garden has turned into a bed of thorns. The quieter summer weeks are as good a time as any to reflect on the key lessons the Lib Dems need to learn from this stint in government. Who knows? We may have a second chance […]

CentreForum Liberal Villain of the Month: Mark Littlewood

by Stephen Tall on June 28, 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. 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 […]

Well done, Ed Balls. He’s opened up space for a proper welfare debate. Lib Dems now need to claim that space.

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2013

Ed Balls has done us all a favour. His announcement last week that if he were Chancellor he would put a stop to winter fuel allowances for well-off pensioners means Labour has joined the Lib Dems in saying we need to focus the welfare budget where it’s needed most, not keep on re-distributing from the […]

Welfare reform: what should the Lib Dems do?

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2013

This much I think I know… Cuts to the overall welfare budget are inescapable: it accounts for too large a chunk of of public spending for it to be immune — certainly if the NHS, schools and overseas aid budgets are to be protected at the same time as spending is reduced. These cuts would […]

The Philpott case: at last, a reminder of the reality

by Stephen Tall on April 6, 2013

The debate over the Philpott case has raged all week, but mostly at a tangent to the reality of the case. Thanks to Grace Dent’s stellar column in today’s Independent, I’ve finally read through Mrs Justice Thirlwall’s summing up. It’s concise, shrewd, plain spoken, unsparing: no legalese, just clear sense. It returns this case to […]

The welfare debate and the age of the trollemic

by Stephen Tall on April 4, 2013

I decided to invent a new word yesterday: Is “trollemic” a word? If not it should be. Trollemic = deliberately OTT argument to generate controversy & make rational debate impossible. — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) April 3, 2013 It’s the welfare debate that’s prompted it, but it could be any other topic on a given week. […]

OUTRAGE and FURY as Daily Mail labels over ONE MILLION British housewives, pensioners and disabled people “LAZY”

by Stephen Tall on February 12, 2013

Here’s the Daily Mail slamming 4 million feckless shirkers “languishing on benefits” courtesy of my hard-earned taxes: What the Mail’s Emily Davies didn’t report, however, was that of those four million, 514,000 are ‘looking after family or home’. A further (…)

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++ Government wins vote on Benefits Uprating Bill; 6 Lib Dem MPs rebel

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

There were no serious doubts the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill — pegging increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the same as public sector wage rises, for the next three years — would be approved. The only question was the size of majority and how many Lib Dems would rebel (I’ve been keeping […]

5 Lib Dem MP rebels on Benefits Uprating Bill (so far) – UPDATED

by Stephen Tall on January 8, 2013

Three Lib Dem MPs have so far publicly declared they’ll rebel against the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill. This is the Bill being debated in the Commons this afternoon which pegs increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the (…)

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Liberal Hero of the Week #24: David Cameron. (For balance, our Liberal Villain is George Osborne.)

by Stephen Tall on December 8, 2012

Welcome to the 24th in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from […]



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