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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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    Sarah - It's not preferable for everyone. Just because an MP is a woman does not automatically mean she will be impressive. My current MP...
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    This isn't rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. It's setting up a bureaucracy to organise rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic. One would have hoped that...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 7th Feb - 12:44pm
    Tim Farron was asked about this on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show of 7/2/2016, available on the I-player.
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    Super article, but my sense is that there is an added dimension... I fear that the electorate still has a tendency to default to a...
  • User AvatarManfarang 7th Feb - 12:23pm
    PS AndrewR 10:32 am Don't believe everything you read in newspapers. The News Chronicle needs to be revived in an internet format.
  • User AvatarIan Swales 7th Feb - 11:10am
    Good points Ruth and I found your article interesting. The while situation is fraught, with the unavoidable givens being the huge amount of work Lib...