Tag Archives: stv-mmc-ftw

What challenges might the future bring?

Challenge #1 – the electoral system

I nearly wrote this a few weeks ago, at which point it would have looked prophetic – writing it now just looks like I’m crowbarring it on the back of the rather sensational Yougov / Sun poll, news of which is breaking on Twitter.

Any number of people have taken the poll figures, Con: 33 (-4); Lab: 28 (-3); Lib Dem: 30 (+8), plugged them into UK Polling Report’s uniform swing calculator, and reeled, aghast at the revelation that our awful electoral system is so completely bust that it’s conceivable that the party …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , , , , and | 4 Comments

Cometh the hour, cometh PR?

It’s quiet in LDV Towers this afternoon as all the responsible editors have day job responsibilties.

We can always tell when we’re not talking about something our readers want to have their say on, because you kindly have your say on it anyway on whatever was the top post.

And today’s topic is clearly Call Me Dave’s speech on parliamentary reform, in which he sets out a series of Lib Dem policy proposals and pretends they’re new.  There’s no zealot like a recently converted zealot, but hang on a minute, Dave?  Power to the people?  Small government?  All of that is Liberalism 101, the first chapter from An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Liberalism.  We’ve long held it dear, and we simply don’t believe you when we hear it from your lips.

As Lynne Featherstone said earlier today on her blog

There is stuff that Cameron’s said which I agree with – as you would expect given that many of the ‘ideas’ he puts forward in today’s Guardian are long-standing Liberal Democrat policies! Fixed-term parliaments, reducing of the power of the executive, cutting the number of MPs, devolving power to councils and empowering individuals. Transparency and accountability – definitely. Shame Cameron has had to be dragged kicking and screaming on these. But – to be fair – at least he is going out there.

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , , and | 18 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarRoland 23rd Nov - 7:38pm
    Gemma - I hope that the party stands behind Alex and his solicitor and enable them to commence legal proceedings against named individuals (rather than...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 23rd Nov - 7:36pm
    Paul Walter 23rd Nov '14 - 7:04pm "That he has learnt some sensible lessons about media management." About time too. Lets just hope that lessons...
  • User AvatarBill le Breton 23rd Nov - 7:31pm
    What Danny Alexander should have used his article to say, "The Tories' £7bn tax cuts plan is a ‘total fantasy" Well done Mr Cable. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/22/george-osborne-tax-cuts-total-fantasy-vince-cable?CMP=twt_gu
  • User AvatarNick 23rd Nov - 7:28pm
    Perhaps the more interesting story is why someone who was never elected to anything was on TV supposedly representing the party?
  • User AvatarTsar Nicolas 23rd Nov - 7:16pm
    Dear Paul Walter, I disagree - I have drawn attention to the way Paddy behaved in 1989 - that is how a leader should be....
  • User Avatarmatt 23rd Nov - 7:14pm
    @Paul Walter That's your analysis, fair enough. But if by learning from media management you mean that he has learnt that he is toxic and...