Monthly Archives: February 2012

1st  E-petition backing up Nick Clegg’s wish to raise tax threshold (0) by Caron Lindsay
  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes 1 February 2012 (0) by Michael Moore
  LibLink: Jeremy Browne MP on the Government’s actions to prevent torture (2) by Caron Lindsay
  Haringey Liberal Democrats show two ways to make use of new legal powers (1) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: Lib Dems should promote Somaliland’s case for international recognition (7) by Willis Pickard
  Pack & Tall Debate… Tuition fees: what should Lib Dem party policy now be? (30) by The Voice
  Opinion: Reflection on half a century of Liberal life (5) by Elspeth Attwooll
  Lord Ashcroft, Panorama and a herbivorous Liberal Democrat Peer (4) by The Voice
  Opinion: 29 Days to save the UK (19) by Bill le Breton
2nd  Why I (still) read the Daily Mail (16) by Mark Pack
  Andrew Stunell MP writes… The Building Regulations: Taking the next step towards zero carbon homes (6) by Andrew Stunell MP
  Opinion: No economic growth? Here’s what to do (5) by Paul Reynolds
  PMQs: Miliband goes all Thatcher (3) by Paul Walter
  Influence of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party drops off (0) by Paul Walter
  The IFS’s verdict on Labour’s deficit argument is in – and it ain’t pretty (7) by Nick T
  Opinion: What price democracy in the Lib Dems? (133) by Linda Jack
3rd  Paddy Ashdown’s eight steps to winning a Parliamentary constituency (5) by Mark Pack
  Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce to be charged with perverting the course of justice (9) by Caron Lindsay
  Chris Huhne protests innocence as he confirms resignation from the Cabinet (10) by Caron Lindsay
  Chris Huhne: the straight talking fighter faces his biggest battle (55) by Stephen Tall
  Lib Dem achievements, communicating peers and election timetables (1) by Mark Pack
  New Lib Dem appointments to government (6) by Prateek Buch
  Opinion: both private and public sector pensions need improving (14) by Janice Turner
  Nick Clegg on being Nick Clegg in The House magazine (1) by Prateek Buch
  Chris White writes: The next local elections after May this year will be in November. (9) by Chris White
4th  The weekend debate: When should an MP rebel against their party? (17) by Carl Quilliam
  How Lib Dem members rated Chris Huhne and Ed Davey before the reshuffle (11) by Stephen Tall
  EXCLUSIVE: 72% of Lib Dem members backed reshuffle return for David Laws. (But it wasn’t to be.) (1) by Stephen Tall
  LDV Caption Competition: Ed Davey “I’ve got Energy” Edition (19) by Stephen Tall
  The fallout from Chris Huhne’s resignation (2) by Mark Pack
5th  Opinion: Lib Dem Cabinet Ministers – surely we can do better than this? (58) by Robin McGhee
  More questions raised over Lord Ashcroft’s business empire (1) by Mark Pack
  Is your local party taking part in the Mid-Term Review? (7) by Geoff Payne
  In other news… the Lib Dems and Alan Turing, Robbie Williams, Todmorden, the royal yacht, perjury and Cornish council tax (6) by Stephen Tall
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #259 (1) by The Voice
  Jenny Willott MP writes… The Welfare Reform Bill – What’s happened on ESA? (53) by Jenny Willott
6th  Farron on Davey: An outstanding environmentalist (5) by Paul Walter
  Opinion: Chris Huhne – innocent or guilty doesn’t seem to matter (19) by Rebecca Taylor
  LibLink: Ashdown – This 11-year exercise in self-delusion must end (1) by Paul Walter
  Opinion: 2012 – Time for an Arms Trade treaty that will really save lives (3) by Issan Ghazni
  Opinion: LibDems are the natural home for Blairites (30) by Luke Tyson
  £1.5 billion needed to sort out Labour’s PFI mess (1) by NewsHound
  Opinion: Tories’ onshore wind farm opposition is based on a fallacy (24) by Terence Darby
  Campaign Corner: How can we be better at handling possible new helpers or members? (5) by Mark Pack
  Ed Davey’s approach to green issues: they make for better growth (4) by Mark Pack
7th  Opinion: Gove’s message – “vocational” = “worthless” (23) by Lucy Care
  Spring Conference Agenda – online now (1) by Andrew Wiseman
  Opinion: Federal Policy Committee to the left of me, Tories to the right, where are the Parliamentary Parties? Stuck in the Middle with whom? (59) by Mark Valladares
  How to get Lib Dem Voice by email (0) by Mark Pack
  US Presidential election – hold onto your hats! (2) by Paul Walter
  Opinion: Calm Down, Dears! (47) by Zadok Day
  Opinion: Jenny Willott is wrong on the Welfare Reform Bill (36) by George Potter
8th  Glasgow Labour councillor banned from public office over rape comments (8) by Mark Pack
  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes (1) by Michael Moore
  How you can help Liberal Democrat Voice (0) by The Voice
  A Postcard from… Bucharest (4) by Cristian Ghita
  EXCLUSIVE: Majority of Lib Dem members back Coalition’s benefits cap (20) by Stephen Tall
  Labour MP Docherty brands local Community Council as snobs and nimbys (2) by Caron Lindsay
  Lembit does an impression of the Angel of the North (3) by Caron Lindsay
  Opinion: There is one coalition that needs to last (30) by Paul Ankers
  How the Guardian makes the news, then reports the news (0) by Mark Pack
9th  NHS reforms: Lib Dem members opposed by 2-to-1 majority (12) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Labour’s embracing of economic liberalism is to be welcomed (21) by David Thorpe
  Clegg signals new approach to individual voter registration in evidence to Parliamentary committee (7) by Nick T
  LDVideo: Liberal Democrat peers rebel against coalition plans (1) by Stephen Tall
  Lib Dem members launch group opposed to the coalition (22) by Nick T
  PMQs: Cancel that firing squad! (2) by Paul Walter
  Opinion – Twitter: powerful campaign tool or waste of effort? (3) by Alan Muhammed
  Ed Davey MP writes… Solar power for the many, not the few (28) by Ed Davey
  LibLink: Brian Paddick – London is increasingly policed by force not consent – thanks to its mayors (0) by Nick T
  Opinion – NHS Reforms: It is not too late to pull back from the edge (20) by Issan Ghazni
10th  97% of Lib Dem members back Nick’s call for raising income tax allowance to £10k as immediate priority (4) by Stephen Tall
  Senior Tories voice growing concern over NHS reforms, calling for ‘unnecessary and unpopular’ Bill to be scrapped (30) by Prateek Buch
  Government responds to consultation over individual electoral registration (4) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: The good, the bad and the ugly of the Lib Dems (41) by Scott Hill
  Political clichés I dislike #2: ideological (35) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: Crime, transport and the battle for London Mayor (4) by Paul Haydon
  This week’s council by-election results: Lib Dems GAIN in Towcester (15) by Helen Duffett
  LibLink: how to achieve digital nirvana – inbox zero – by Mark Pack (2) by NewsHound
  The LDV Friday Five: 10 February 2012 (0) by The Voice
11th  What Lib Dem members think about Europe, Cameron’s ‘veto’, and the Eurozone (11) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Lib Dem MPs must vote against the health reforms – not for health, but for democracy (14) by Jack Holroyde
  Lib Dems put pension tax breaks for the richest under scrutiny again (10) by Mark Pack
  LibLink: what to look out for at Lib Dem Spring Conference (0) by NewsHound
  LDV Caption Competition: Clegg, Cam & Lansley “You can hear the white coats flapping” Edition (29) by Stephen Tall
  Danny Alexander: it’s time to axe higher-rate tax relief on pensions to fund tax-cuts for lowest-paid (8) by The Voice
12th  Bristol launches own currency to boost local business (2) by The Voice
  Lib Dem members back ‘devo-max’ for Scotland (oh, and for England too, please) (31) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: left-leaning Lib Dems should be united, pragmatic and positive (38) by Mathew Hulbert
  The failure of David Steel’s Lords reform measure is good news (6) by Mark Pack
  Clegg resurrects party funding talks, appoints Laws as Lib Dem negotiator (1) by Stephen Tall
  Four Tory councillors in storm over homophobic nickname targeting Lib Dem leader (7) by Stephen Tall
  In other news… Vince upsets Tories, Liverpool to choose mayor, Radcliffe hexes Clegg, and Hughes settles with Murdoch (0) by Stephen Tall
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #260 (1) by The Voice
13th  90% of Lib Dem members back 50p tax for highest earners & 73% increased taxes for wealthiest (13) by Stephen Tall
  Should the Liberal Democrats contest elections for Police and Crime Commissioners? (14) by Mark Pack
  The Localism Act – over to you (3) by Alex Marsh
  Survey: LibDems are hopelessly romantic (10) by The Voice
  LibLink: James Plunkett – Budget 2012: 20 minutes in, 1-0 Team Clegg (3) by NewsHound
  New Liberal Reform group to launch today (35) by Zadok Day
  Campaign Corner: Making better speeches (15) by Mark Pack
  Shirley Williams: how to sort out the NHS Bill mess (14) by Mark Pack
14th  Lib Dem members back Vince’s ‘mansion tax’ – but views differ about whether on house values of £1m or £2m (21) by Stephen Tall
  The Localism Act – Issues and Questions (0) by Alex Marsh
  LibDems – the hopeless romantics – Lord Bonkers comments… (3) by Lord Bonkers
  Coming up in the Lords… 27 February – 1 March (3) by Mark Valladares
  A postcard from… Valladolid (12) by Ruben Arbaizar
  Opinion: time to talk about things that don’t matter (19) by Chris White
  Liberal Left: why I’m underwhelmed (59) by Mark Pack
  What The Spectator says: ‘Obama the Lib Dem’. (PS: It may even be a compliment.) (6) by Stephen Tall
15th  EXCLUSIVE: What Lib Dem members say about the party’s direction and Nick Clegg’s leadership (23) by Stephen Tall
  A man, an eaten banana, a door, a piece of string and the leader of a political party (4) by Mark Pack
  So, what was Jo Swinson doing in Private Eye? (1) by Caron Lindsay
  Why Liberal Left? (88) by Linda Jack
  Lord Tyler writes… Only the Government’s Bill can take the hereditary principle out of Parliament (6) by Paul Tyler
  Time Banking: A simple route to community spirit? (6) by Ewan Hoyle
  Phil Bennion MEP takes up seat in European Parliament (5) by Helen Duffett
  Zen and the art of the crunching rugby tackle (5) by Ed Maxfield
16th  Introducing… Lib Dems Against Factionalism (33) by Adam Bell
  Livingstone and Johnson: a record of unsavoury comments (25) by Mark Pack
  Revealed: What Lib Dem members think of Ed Miliband and David Cameron (7) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Politics in paradise – why the Maldives matters (0) by Andrew Wigley
  The original text of today’s speech from David Cameron (15) by Mark Pack
  Danny Alexander “an acknowledged authority on dinosaurs” (4) by Helen Duffett
  Opinion: Pick your horse in the grand recovery stakes (6) by Bill le Breton
17th  Who’s up, who’s down? How party members rate the performances of leading Lib Dems (4) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: AAA to GGG? (10) by Mia Hadfield-Spoor
  Opinion: Vince Cable right to abandon penalties on early student loan repayments (14) by Tim Leunig
  Chris Huhne makes first court appearance – but what happens next? (3) by Nick T
  Another step towards ending the waste of two European Parliament locations (0) by Mark Pack
  Chris Davies MEP writes… To tithe or not to tithe? (19) by Chris Davies
  The LDV Friday Five: 17 February 2012 (1) by The Voice
  Government win in human rights tuition fee challenge (13) by Nick T
18th  Lib Dem Tom Kiehl wins Parliamentary Researcher of the Year (3) by Helen Duffett
  New edition of Liberator magazine (0) by The Liberator Collective
  The weekend debate: Should music be priced by morality? (23) by Mark Pack
  LDV Caption Competition: Ed Miliband “Basking in The Sun” Edition (13) by Stephen Tall
  Labours of Letters: the Alex Hilton & Hopi Sen correspondence (16) by Stephen Tall
19th  Glasgow Council’s Labour group disintegrates amid allegations of intimidation (1) by Caron Lindsay
  “A shitty time to be a liberal”: The Economist’s must-read piece on the Clegg paradox (and 2 reasons why it’s wrong) (18) by Stephen Tall
  Where I stand on the new Lib Dem groupings (43) by Stephen Tall
  Health and Social Care Bill: a letter from Ed Milliband (42) by Mark Valladares
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #261 (1) by The Voice
  New Theme (23) by Ryan Cullen
20th  What Lib Dem members think of the Coalition, its record, & the party’s electoral prospects (11) by Stephen Tall
  80% of Lib Dem voters want Lansley’s risk register published (12) by Neil Foster
  Tom Brake writes… Free food and invigorating campaigning in Carshalton and Wallington (1) by Tom Brake MP
  Opinion: Size does matter – UK under-investment in research and development (3) by Issan Ghazni
  LibLink: Nick Clegg – Our example as well as diplomacy will make the world safer (2) by Paul Walter
  Duncan Hames “breaks ranks” to call for publication of risks of health bill (9) by NewsHound
  Opinion: The Liberal Democrats must welcome disaffected Blairites and One-Nation Tories (23) by Richard Clare
  Vince Cable defies Tories to to appoint Professor Les Ebdon as university access tsar (8) by NewsHound
  Campaign Corner: What should I measure? (3) by Mark Pack
  Laws and Hughes up pressure on Osborne to cut taxes for the lowest paid (10) by Nick T
  Opinion: Whoa! Romney isn’t meant to do this badly (9) by Paul Walter
21st  How you can take part in LibDemVoice’s exclusive party member surveys (0) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: Secularism is a friend to Religion, not its enemy (36) by Andreas Christodoulou
  Opinion: Civil Liberties or taking liberties? (30) by Michael Hall
  Andrew Stunell MP writes… “Creating the Conditions” – the Coalition’s Approach to Integration (5) by Andrew Stunell MP
  Tim Farron gives party members a sneak preview of tomorrow’s Party Political Broadcast (2) by Helen Duffett
  LDVideo: Harris & Pugh on Murdoch’s new Sun on Sunday paper (0) by Stephen Tall
  How to get your picture to appear next to your comments (20) by The Voice
  Nick Clegg launches Youth Contract for unemployed young people (3) by Mary Reid
  LibLink: Are the Lib Dems Giving Up More Than the Tories in Government? (51) by Mary Reid
22nd  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes – Meeting the First Minister (2) by Michael Moore
  Opinion: Liberal Democrat, not Yes Minister, values must prevail on Risk Register (6) by Tom Smith
  A Twitter gem for seeing what Liberal Democrats are saying (1) by Mark Pack
  LibLink: David Laws MP writes about the Lib Dem ambition for fairer tax (28) by Caron Lindsay
  The Independent View: The major environmental tests facing the Liberal Democrats in 2012 (Part 1) (6) by Joss Garman
  Emlyn Hooson (1925-2012) (1) by Mark Valladares
  How to win seats in 2015 (12) by George Kendall
  Liberal Democrat MEP McMillan-Scott gets European Parliament Human Rights portfolio (0) by Caron Lindsay
  Opinion: Work-fare or work fair? Why I shan’t be shopping at Tesco (54) by Former Organiser
23rd  What David Cameron used to say about bankers and bonuses (0) by Mark Pack
  LDVideo: Nick Clegg “An extra £60 in your wages each month” (3) by Helen Duffett
  Labour’s new approach to education: ‘Evidence, evidence, evidence’. What can the Lib Dems learn from this? (20) by Stephen Tall
  LibLink: Mark Pack – Where next for the Lib Dems on NHS reform? (6) by NewsHound
  Lord Clement-Jones writes… Plugging the loopholes left by Labour (16) by Tim Clement-Jones
  The Tories’ tax problem (12) by Nick T
  PMQs: Tragedy, comedy and the Continuing Saga of the Family Bone (4) by Caron Lindsay
  LDVideo: Lib Dem MP Andrew George calls for NHS risk register publication (2) by The Voice
24th  Opinion: An Unlikely Defender of the Faith (21) by Nick Hollinghurst
  Lib Dem donation figures in full (Q4, 2011) (4) by Stephen Tall
  Wealth taxation is now firmly on the government’s radar (8) by Prateek Buch
  Opinion: LibsLeft – because it’s the Left’s turn (51) by Jonathan Hunt
  Baroness Barker writes… How the private patient income cap can benefit the NHS (11) by Baroness Liz Barker
  The LDV Friday Five: 24 February 2012 (0) by The Voice
  Opinion: tax and benefit reform to help tackle youth unemployment (8) by Joe Bourke
25th  LibLink: Lynne Featherstone on marriage – this is not gay rights versus religious beliefs (12) by Mark Pack
  Electoral register grew 0.6% in 2011 (0) by Mark Pack
  Sometimes a bus is just a bus (25) by Mark Pack
  The Weekend Debate: Should we boycott the Murdoch machine? (23) by Carl Quilliam
  LDV Caption Competition: Steve Webb & IDS “Supermarket (Chimney-) Sweep” Edition (13) by Stephen Tall
  10 things you might not have known about party political funding over the last decade (15) by Stephen Tall
26th  ‘Workfare’: the depressingly sterile ‘left/right’ debate is a challenge to liberals to sharpen our thinking (24) by Stephen Tall
  Opinion: guaranteed employment for young people (5) by Joe Bourke
  Labour sticks to its support for the Digital Economy Act (5) by Mark Pack
  How internet voting can go wrong (7) by Mark Pack
  In other news… London PPBs, Clegg paint attack, Turing pardon latest, Darlington Lib Dem leader barred (4) by Stephen Tall
  Top of the Blogs: The Lib Dem Golden Dozen #262 (0) by The Voice
27th  Nick de Bois is wrong on Lords reform (8) by Mark Pack
  Video: The first rule of politics is broken in the most spectacular fashion (0) by Paul Walter
  Warning to Lords: if you play silly buggers with Lords reform, you’ll lose your say (12) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: The empowering world of unpaid work (32) by David M Gibson
  Opinion: Where was Nick Clegg’s summit on the NHS? (7) by Nick Perry
  LibLink: Chris Rennard – David Cameron wants nothing less than Tory hegemony (9) by Paul Walter
  Getting involved in the Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists (2) by Craig Brown
  Opinion: Our Green and Pleasant Land – and Councillors’ powers (0) by Michael Parsons
  Campaign Corner: How can I make my direct mail better? (1) by Mark Pack
  Opinion: Hacking scandal should not be an excuse for politicians to settle scores with the media (17) by Mark Oaten
  NHS bill: Nick Clegg outlines changes aimed at Lib Dems (40) by NewsHound
28th  Why Tory Euro-sceptics should back Nick Clegg (3) by Mark Pack
  Lords Reform: Nick Clegg faces the music… (8) by Mark Valladares
  Paddick accuses Met of leaking confidential witness information (1) by The Voice
  A postcard from… Abuja (0) by Mark Williams MP
  Is this the most biased opinion poll question ever asked? (26) by Stephen Tall
  Coming up in the Lords… 5-16 March (0) by Mark Valladares
  The Local Government slot: winning with localism (0) by Richard Kemp
  Trusted, professional and effective: British policing at its best – Tom Brake MP on the Lib Dems’ new policing paper (10) by Tom Brake MP
  Poetry for harassed Liberal Democrats (6) by Edis Bevan
  Tim Farron MP writes… Leap for victory (0) by Tim Farron MP
  A postcard from… Oulu (1) by Baroness Ros Scott
  LDVideo: Ming Campbell – House of Lords reform part of Lib Dem DNA (0) by Stephen Tall
  New poll finds 60% of public backs Lib Dem flagship policy of tax-cuts for low-paid funded by tax increases for wealthy (23) by Stephen Tall
29th  LDVideo: Simon Hughes on the Coalition Budget, 50p tax rate and NHS reform bill (0) by Stephen Tall
  In praise of… Tom Brake (4) by Mark Pack
  A 2012 Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference Preview (0) by Mark Cole
  The Local Government Slot: Coalition boost to English Language funding (4) by Andrew Stunell MP
  The Independent View: Participatory democracy and the People’s Budget (3) by Phil Teece
  What’s on at Scottish Liberal Democrat conference this weekend? (3) by Caron Lindsay
  The Independent View: The major environmental tests facing the Liberal Democrats in 2012 Part 2 (10) by Joss Garman
  Liberal Futures publishes the Little Yellow Book (7) by Caron Lindsay
  Jenny Tonge resigns (15) by The Voice
  Jenny Tonge resigns Lib Dem whip over controversial “Beware Israel” remarks (73) by Stephen Tall
  Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes (0) by Michael Moore
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