Author Archives: David Pollard

Tory split on climate change

A pretty comprehensive story in today’s Independent shows how split the Tories are on Copenhagen and climate change policies. The article is refreshing in that it names names, most of whom are the usual right wing suspects. For quite some time Nigel Lawson has been touring the Country pushing his Climate Change denial message and he seems to have drawn some heavyweight Tories with him (if you can call John Redwood, Peter Lilley and Ann Widdicome heavyweight).

David Davis on the other hand in a two column article produces a much more balance view. When you have waded through all …

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Opinion: We’ve got the polices, now we need the sound-bite narrative

Nick Clegg has picked his time to talk about power. In his party conference speech he described why he wanted to be Prime Minister. This is a major step forward in his development as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Now he has to say what he wants to achieve and what he will do in power. He must develop a narrative that we all as Liberal Democrats can use. The party has excellent policies on a range of issues and these have to be brought together into a collection of coherent sound-bites.

After the excitement of a couple of opinion polls showing us neck-and-neck with Labour following our conference, we are in for the long haul again with very limited exposure in the media.

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