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Farage says Britain’s becoming “unrecognisable”. But the British public says our sense of belonging is increasing.

by Stephen Tall on March 2, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was dog-whistling for all he was worth at his party’s spring conference this week: “In scores of our cities and market towns, this country, in a short space of time, has, frankly, become unrecognisable. Whether it is the impact on local schools and hospitals, whether it is the fact that in […]

Farage says Britain’s becoming “unrecognisable”. But the British public says our sense of belonging is increasing.

by Stephen Tall on March 2, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was dog-whistling for all he was worth at his party’s spring conference this week: “In scores of our cities and market towns, this country, in a short space of time, has, frankly, become unrecognisable. Whether it is the impact on local schools and hospitals, whether it is the fact that in […]

Half a defence of Paul Staines (aka @guidofawkes)

by Stephen Tall on September 1, 2010

My Voice colleague Iain Roberts has already blogged about this afternoon’s big political news that William Hague’s special advisor Christopher Myers has quit his post following allegations — vehemently denied by both — that they might be having an affair. Iain writes: “We at Lib Dem Voice wish both the Hagues and Christopher Myers well,” […]

Cameron: more Hague than Blair? How the Tory leader has lost sight of his strategy

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2009

In an article for the Independent, Steve Richards argued that the best comparison for David Cameron’s leadership was not with Tony Blair, but with William Hague. Here Stephen Tall looks at that claim, and argues that the Tory leader has abandoned his strategy of sticking to the centre-ground in favour of uniting his party around a right-wing programme … “No-one who’s observed Mr Cameron’s leadership of the Tory party this past four years can be in any doubt of his tactical nous. There is a very big question mark now over his ability to translate those short-term tactics into a long-term strategy. That proved to be William Hague’s downfall. It might still yet prove to be the un-doing of Mr Cameron.”

LDV readers say: overwhelming NO to idea of EU President Blair

by Stephen Tall on November 18, 2009

A couple of weeks back, LDV posed the question, Do you support or oppose Tony Blair becoming the first President of the European Union?
There’s no room for doubt about the overwhelming view of readers of this site (who may or may not be representative of Lib Dem supporters more generally) – here’s what you told […]

Deputy PMQs: Vince tackles Harriet on bankers' bonuses

by Stephen Tall on July 8, 2009

Y’know I’ve expressed my general contempt for the pantomime which passes for Prime Minister’s Questions on many occasions: it’s theatre, mirage, insubstantial: all performance, no content. But we discovered today there’s something worse than the usual rowdy PMQs: when there’s (…)

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YouTube 'cos we want to: Tory leaders special

by Stephen Tall on June 17, 2009

Welcome to this latest instalment of our new LDV feature rounding up some of the best/worst/most curious political videos doing the rounds. How could I not start with David ‘Veer are yur papeers?’ Cameron’s indulgence in a bit of outdated (…)

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Putting private interests before national interest: the three Tory shadow cabinet members who faced down their leader

by Stephen Tall on December 23, 2008

Tory leader David Cameron has been forced to abandon plans to make all members of his shadow cabinet drop their lucrative outside retainers after three of his team vowed to quit if he did so. The FT broke the story (…)

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FT: Tories to ditch Osborne in favour of Hague?

by Stephen Tall on November 12, 2008

A month ago Lib Dem Voice’s Alix Mortimer suggested it was high-time the Tories considered ditching their under-whelming shadow chancellor, George Osborne: My guess is that Cameron is wincing his way through the current crisis, burying his head in a (…)

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PMQs: Cable tackles Harman on unemployment and interest rates

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2008

With our Superman Prime Minister currently bestriding the globe like a Colossus of financial acuity, it was left to Harriet Harman at today’s Question Time to bat for the Government and laud the financial bail-out as Gordon Brown’s Dunkirk. It (…)

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