Lib Dems

Nick Clegg is Right (About Local Government)

19 January 2011 13:52

An interesting story on local government reform in the Daily Mail: Nick Clegg is demanding councils be given the power…

Breaking the curious silence on upcoming tax changes

16 January 2011 12:12

This week, Nick Clegg added his name to the fast-growing list of politicians addressing the critical question of living standards.…

How it’s going right for Ed Miliband

16 January 2011 9:45

Ed Miliband has had three launches in three months – but, much as I hate to admit it, things are…

Clegg Derangement Syndrome

13 January 2011 2:11

There is, as you would expect, lots of good stuff in Nick Cohen’s article on the Lib Dems in this…

How to Spin Defeat in Oldham

12 January 2011 22:56

Since Labour are all set to prevail in the Oldham and Saddleworth by-election (as was always likely) the government, and…

The Liberal Democrats and the Fallacy of Sunk Costs

22 December 2010 18:55

John McTernan makes the case: Paradoxically, it is the increaing unpopularity of the Liberal Democrats that will bind them closer…

A Real Coalition, Not a Sham One

22 December 2010 15:58

Mind you, Ed Miliband doesn’t understand coalition either. Fair enough. It’s not what he’s paid to understand. Still, according to…

Cable’s Survival is a Sign of Cameron’s Strength

22 December 2010 12:53

James understands the dynamics of coalition government rather better than Simon Heffer. This may not surprise you. Mr Heffer complains…

The Tories’ Lib Dem Dilemma

15 December 2010 2:05

Danny Finkelstein’s Times column (£) today is typically smart. I doubt any leading political columnist in Britain enjoys paradox more…

The Tuition Fees Stramash and Why Nick Clegg is Like George HW Bush

9 December 2010 15:11

The absurdity and knavery of modern politics has been on full display during the “debate” about university tuition fees. So…

DD joins the tuition fees rebels

6 December 2010 19:16

Now, there’s a Tory rebel too. David Davis has told the BBC that he’ll be voting against the coalition at…

Dave Spart Returns to the Guardian

24 November 2010 1:26

Well, perhaps he’s never left. There’s much to enjoy in – and something nostalgic about – this piece by Michael…

More Mail Fail: Clegg Edition

10 October 2010 4:05

Apparently the print edition of the Mail on Sunday screams “Hypocrisy” because Nick Clegg, though not a believer himself, is…

Liberal Democrat Misanthropes

21 September 2010 22:40

Bagehot had the misfortune to attend a Liberal Democrat fringe meeting on education reform. But I’m glad he did because…

Nick Clegg’s 15% Opportunity

21 September 2010 0:50

Who would have thought, even a year ago, that the future of the Liberal Democrats would arouse such interest? Perhaps…

Clegg’s Lacklustre Speech

20 September 2010 17:13

As rallying cries go, “Stick with us” lacks a certain something. But that’s how the Liberal Democrats roll and so…

Answering The Lib Dems’ Scottish Question

19 September 2010 23:46

Pete mentions Tim Montgomerie’s suggestion that a Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition at Holyrood could be the most likely result at next…

There Will Be A Tory-Lib Dem Pact (Of Some Kind)

14 September 2010 15:40

Sunder Katwala is not convinced by Nick Boles’ suggestion that the coalition should fight the next election on a joint-ticket.…

The Liberaltarian Future?

27 August 2010 22:01

Liberaltarianism is, in case you haven’t been following this mildly esoteric debate in Washington, the notion that rather than hitch…

What Does Ed Miliband Know of Liberalism?

24 August 2010 1:29

As if to prove the point of this post, Ed Miliband pops up in the Guardian to treat Liberal Democrat…