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Thoughts on the Lib Dems: Past, present and (hopefully) future

This is a long post – the version in my head is even longer – but it’s been gestating in various forms for a while and I wanted to get it out there while we’re thinking about the future of the party. To…

2015 General Election Day 22: It depends what your definition of ‘local’ is

Question: what is the closest to a election that a party has released its manifesto? Because I’m pretty sure that outside of snap elections called at breakneck pace, the SNP choosing today to launch theirs must be one of the latest. Indeed, judging…

2015 General Election Day 21: Knock Knock

Judging from some of the things I’ve been seeing on social media, this appears to be the point where the stress of campaigning is getting a bit much for some people, and levels of tetchiness are reaching dangerously high points. This is accompanied…

2015 General Election Day 9: One Nation Labour, One Nation Danger

When Margaret Thatcher went back on to the campaign trail in 2001, they managed to link it to The Mummy Returns, which was in cinemas at the time. Unfortunately for Tony Blair – but fortunately for us – no one’s yet come out…

We could have been anything that we wanted to be

We could’ve been anything we wanted to be But don’t it make your heart glad That we decided, a fact we take pride in We became the best at being bad If you don’t know it, it’s from Bugsy Malone, but for me…

For coalitions to work, there has to be trust

Back in September, I explained my reasons for wanting to see an end to the coalition, and nothing I’ve seen politically in the last three months has caused me to change my mind on that issue. One of the reasons I gave for…

Process stories

Two bits of news about the business of Government that have caught my attention over the last few days. The quad has become the sextet – As we’ve come to see over the past couple of years, a lot of the real decisions…

More developments on ‘shares for rights’

There’s a very good open letter to Nick Clegg on Lib Dem Voice today, and it covers many of the points I wanted to make on the ‘shares for rights’ proposals George Osborne put forward this week. The plan itself is bit of…

A worrying silence on rights for shares

Today’s seen George Osborne give his speech to the Conservative Party Conference. As you might expect, there are many things in it that concern me, but I want to highlight two of them. First we have the heavily trailed announcement that he wants…

On ending coalitions

Earlier this week, I linked to James Graham’s piece on Clegg and the coalition, in which he mentioned my post on ending the coalition. This isn’t just incestuous blogging back-patting – James made some points about my post which I promised to think…

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