The Conservatives have had at least three sexless sex scandals since Thatcher’s day.
Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, was interviewed by Andrew Neil on BBC1’s Sunday Politics, who put to him a terrific quotation from Nick Clegg from September 2010:
On the broken scales of our democracy ten voters in Glasgow North have the same weight as seventeen voters in Manchester Central, and this isn’t just a single [...]
I hadn’t had time to read the Institute for Fiscal Studies Green Budget before Prime Minister’s Questions, but it was brought up by Lorely Burt, the Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull, who asked David Cameron if he had noticed that the IFS had “confirmed” that raising the income tax threshold “is right”, and that the [...]
I digressed in my column for The Independent on Sunday today. It is about Nick Clegg’s plan to defend as many as possible of the party’s 57 seats at the next election. The Liberal Democrats realise that they might lose seats to Labour, but they hope to defend well against the Conservatives in the south, [...]
Marvellous. Nick Clegg’s spokesman has briefed journalists on the Liberal Democrat position on nuclear weapons. He said that today’s news that Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, was spending £350m on the design phase of the Trident replacement does not mean that the Lib Dems have given up their opposition to a “like-for-like” replacement.
The Lib Dem [...]
Labour is only four points ahead of the Conservatives, the lowest lead in any opinion poll since April, in the latest ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow.
Conservative 35% (+2)
Labour 39% (-3)
Lib Dem 10% (0)
Just under a year ago, I faced a pretty monumental decision. At the age of seventeen, I had to weigh up two contrasting options for my future. In September 2012, I could have chosen to remain within the stable borders of the conventional education system, but stack up a minimum £27,000 of debt. My alternative was to enter the world of work and search for a modest income, whilst youth unemployment soars.
Much to the anger of student organisations across the country and the shame of red-faced Liberal Democrats, university tuition fees have gone up. But is this such a bad thing?
Now that the Liberal Democrats have fallen in line behind the Health and Social Care Bill, I repeat my contention that the only things that they have got from the coalition that the Conservatives did not want to give them are (a) the raising of the income-tax threshold and (b) ministerial jobs.
The raising of the [...]
Jeremy Browne, the Liberal Democrat Foreign Office minister, was interviewed by Andrew Neil on BBC1 Sunday Politics today, and was asked about the man in a bumble bee costume about which I wrote in The Independent on Sunday. Here’s the transcript of that part:
Neil: You held an away day on Friday to work out how [...]
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