Liberal Democrats

Are the knives out for Vince?

22 September 2009 13:23

This morning it emerged that Julia Goldsworth, the Lib Dems’ communities’ spokesman, who nominally supervises local taxation, knew nothing of…

The love that dare not speak its name

22 September 2009 9:05

The Conservatives’ unrequited love for the Liberal Democrats receives attention this morning. The Times’ Rachel Sylvetser points out that in…

More than half of those who voted Labour in 2005 say they won’t do so this time round

21 September 2009 19:27

The new ICM poll for The Guardian shows the Tories in an extremely strong position heading into conference season. They…

Cable’s attack on the Tories does nothing for the Lib Dem’s credibility

21 September 2009 15:59

Vince Cable’s caricature of Tory economic policy was so disingenuous that it failed to hit its target. He said: “The…

The Tories must ready themselves for the coming tax battle

21 September 2009 13:54

You may not agree with the specifics, but one of the successes of the Lib Dem conference so far has…

Lib Dems in the limelight

21 September 2009 9:08

The Lib Dems need eye-catching policies to attract attention and this time round their neon lit policy is a 0.5%…

The Lib Dems: not as nice as you think

20 September 2009 12:58

A story that has escaped largely unnoticed this weekend is the creation of the Liberal Democrat party’s sinisterly named ‘anti-Tory attack…

Why Vince Cable is not too sexy for his party

19 September 2009 18:26

For all his celebrity, Vince Cable is not exactly an economic genius – as those who have read his book,…

Liberal moment or Liberal Democrat dilemma?

19 September 2009 16:49

It’s not often that a man who claims to have bedded and satisfied over 30 women declares that the nation…

Is Osborne worth it?

19 September 2009 13:47

Fresh from winning GQ’s Politician of the Year award last week, George Osborne now has an accolade he may be…

Cable separates his own brand from the Lib Dems

18 September 2009 17:23

So are Vince Cable’s public spending cuts his own, or are they Lib Dem policy?  In his Straight Talk interview…

Web Exclusive article: Lloyd Evans’ party conference preview

18 September 2009 14:18

With the Lib Dem party conference kicking off this weekend, Lloyd Evans has written a Web Exclusive preview of what…

Clegg: Are you one of the millions who turned to new Labour in 1997?

17 September 2009 9:01

Nick Clegg joins the ‘progressive’ debate with a double of salvo in The Times and in a pamphlet, titled ‘The…

Cable: no budget should be ring-fenced

15 September 2009 14:02

Vince Cable has joined the cuts debate, arguing that the “time for generalities is over” and that “politicians must not…

Mission accomplished for Cameron’s cost-cutting speech

9 September 2009 9:06

So what has David Cameron achieved with his speech on “cutting the cost of politics” yesterday?  Quite a lot, judging…

Lib Dems moving towards advocating withdrawal from Afghanistan

4 September 2009 17:56

Nick Clegg’s statement today on Afghanistan strongly suggests to me that by the time of the next election the Lib…

The Sky debate could be a lifeline for Brown

2 September 2009 10:41

As the Megrahi case grows more serious by the day, one thing should be cheering up those in the Brown…

Mandy: Brown would "relish" televised debates with Cameron

13 August 2009 16:09

So Mandy’s brought up the idea of a public debate between Brown and Cameron again, claiming – in interview with…

The tide turns on public spending

14 July 2009 16:11

If further proof were needed that the public’s attitude to public spending has changed it comes in the latest Guardian…

The UK “surge” debate

12 July 2009 18:28

The support for Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan is, for the first time, showing major signs of fraying. Nick Clegg broke…

The Lib Dems threaten to go AWOL 

10 July 2009 11:51

Though Nick Clegg has greater pre-existing international experience than either David Cameron or Gordon Brown (having worked in Brussels), he…

Three Weeks to Save the Labour Party

15 May 2009 8:05

It was an honour to write the Spectator politics column this week. You can find my thoughts on the collaspe…

A Lib Dem future? Not so fast my friends!

17 March 2009 17:24

Tom Harris doesn’t much care for the Liberal Democrats: Having seen the damage done to the Labour Party through its…

Here’s the Latest From Your Neo-Con Socialist

22 February 2009 12:30

I was always shocked by the level of vitriol among New Statesman and Guardian readers when a writer stepped away…

The Irresistible Rise of the Liberal Democrats

20 February 2009 17:05

If there is one message Labour and Conservative politicians should take into the next election it is never to underestimate…