Danny Alexander

Laws and Hughes spar as Danny and Vince tease the hall

18 September 2011 9:48

The two conflicting wings of the Liberal Democrats are perhaps embodied by Simon Hughes and David Laws. Their political and strategic differences have surfaced in this morning’s Observer, where Hughes… Continue reading


The Lib Dems celebrate their achievements

17 September 2011 10:50

Sandals are being rattled in Birmingham this morning. The Liberal Democrat conference opens to a chorus celebrating the party’s achievements in government. Nick Clegg tells the Independent that “Liberal Democrat… Continue reading


Cable accentuates the coalition’s differences, but not without risk

4 August 2011 11:24

The Liberal Democrats are in something of a purple patch at the moment, dominating aspects of government policy in the media. Last weekend, Danny Alexander broke his usually modest mould… Continue reading


Balls has the public on his side when it comes to a VAT cut

31 July 2011 15:54

There are few more useful addendums to Danny Alexander’s comments earlier than YouGov’s poll for the Sunday Times today. It asks people about individual policies for growth, and the results… Continue reading


Alexander rallies behind the 50p rate

31 July 2011 13:11

Danny Alexander is usually the very model of collective responsibility: sober, unfussy and diligent, he sets about the coalition’s work without ever causing a scene. Which is what makes his… Continue reading


Alexander’s balancing act

28 July 2011 9:52

Remember that merry dance between the government and the unions over public sector pensions, a few weeks ago? Expect a minor reprise today, and much more over the summer. The… Continue reading


Gove steps in to keep the schools running

23 June 2011 12:04

A letter is bouncing around Whitehall, and I thought CoffeeHousers might care to see a copy. It has been penned by Michael Gove, and is being dispatched to all headmasters… Continue reading


Danny’s maths

17 June 2011 13:54

And so Danny Alexander has further angered unions by making it clear that "painful decisions" are needed to reform public-sector pensions, including raising the retirement age. But his proposals should… Continue reading


Alexander’s not for turning

17 June 2011 9:02

After the vacillations of recent days, the government could do with a show of hardheadedness — and Danny Alexander is delivering just that today. He is announcing the government’s plans… Continue reading


The Coffee House A-Z of the Coalition: G-M

Here are letters G to M in our alphabetical guide to the Coalition’s first year. A-F were covered here. G is for Gaffes The coalition, happily, has not endured anything… Continue reading


Cameron sets out the bounds of Lib Dem assertiveness

10 May 2011 11:48

Our coalition government was forged one year ago tomorrow — and we shall have more on that then. But the Sun has already marked the occasion by publishing an interview… Continue reading


Lamb volunteers for the slaughter

10 April 2011 14:37

We’ll try to get the video later, but, for now, a transcript of Norman Lamb’s appearance on the Politics Show will have to do (UPDATE: video added above). Here we… Continue reading


Lib Dems bringing home the bacon

23 March 2011 15:59

There are a few big Lib Dem policy wins in this Budget, most notably the rise in the personal allowance and the introduction of land auctions. But there are also… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Budget magic trick

20 March 2011 10:09

Spare a thought for George Osborne and Danny Alexander. They had their own budgetary magic show planned for Wednesday, and were yet again planning to be the Paul Daniels and Debbie… Continue reading


Balls and Miliband fail the credibility test

14 March 2011 13:03

Eds Miliband and Balls gathered the press corps together this morning to broadcast a straightforward message: oh yes, we do have an alternative. And the shape of that alternative? A… Continue reading


The inflation crisis deepens

18 January 2011 10:33

How big does inflation have to get before our politicians admit that it’s a problem? Once again, it has “surprised” on the upside – the CPI index stood at 3.7… Continue reading


A tale of two quads

21 December 2010 13:54

There could barely be a starker contrast between Danny Alexander’s interview with the FT today and the, ahem, Cableleaks. Unlike his fellow Lib Demmer, the Treasury Secretary knew that he… Continue reading


Writing the Laws

20 December 2010 16:26

Even out of office, David Laws remains one of the most important figures in the coalition. He was one of only two Lib Dem MPs — the other being Danny… Continue reading


The Passion of Nick Clegg

5 December 2010 10:44

You almost feel sorry for Nick Clegg this week, with the tuition fees vote in prospect. Being hated is difficult for LibDems because they didn’t expect it. Not so with… Continue reading


Parliamentarian of the Year award recipients 2010

17 November 2010 22:43

The Spectator held its annual Parliamentarian of the Year Awards ceremony this evening. Here, for CoffeeHousers to deliberate over, is the full list of winners: Newcomer of the year: Caroline… Continue reading


Poppy season

11 November 2010 13:21

Keen-eyed spectators might have noticed Danny Alexander and Michael Gove wearing a slightly different type of poppy over the last few days: the Scottish Poppy. At the beginning of the… Continue reading


EXCLUSIVE: What about those who aren’t pulling a housing benefit scam?

3 November 2010 18:16

Most sensible taxpayers think Britain’s current housing benefit costs to be a terrific scam. In the last five years the bill has risen by 25 percent. We now pay £21billion… Continue reading


The ginger rodent

30 October 2010 15:58

I wonder what they’ll come up with for Uncle Vince? Nick Clegg is a closet Tory (nice homophobic overtone there), and Danny Alexander reminds anti-persecution supremo Harriet Harman of a… Continue reading


Osborne’s Paul Daniels strategy

24 October 2010 16:05

Is George Osborne the first British Chancellor to hide good news in the small print? I ask this in my News of the World column (£) today, and ask what… Continue reading


More to Osborne’s plan than gambling

21 October 2010 9:03

Paul Mason’s review of the cuts for Newsnight last night (from 10:20 into the video here) was one of the most powerful critiques of Osborne from the left. His package… Continue reading