LDVideo: BBC’s report on the Liberal Democrats’ secret weapon, featuring Stephen Tall

The BBC has been looking ahead to the Liberal Democrats’ prospects in next year’s General Election. Contributing to the report are retiring MP David Heath and our own Stephen Tall.

I should point out that our secret weapon is not Stephen’s famous pledge to run naked down Whitehall if the party is reduced to 24 seats next May.

You can watch the whole thing here.

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9 Comments

  • ” Nicel little sweeteners ” going to the constituents of Danny Alexander. That is what Stephen Tall has revealed here. Could we be told more?
    What are these sweeteners? How much are they costing the rest of us?
    After all this is the same Danny Alexander who says “We are all in this together.”

  • I find it difficult to understand how someone who is politically savvy, can use the phrase “Nice little sweeteners”, without realising that this resonates in the public mind as “bribes” ?

  • I will bet a £5 charity donation to Alzheimers UK that Danny Alexander loses his seat.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 8th Jan '14 - 7:41pm

    Make it £10, g, and I’ll take you on. He is pretty popular and the local party is exceptionally well organised up there. As it’s the place I grew up, and I return there frequently, I know what it’s like on the ground. And, interestingly one of his staff has just left to work for Alzheimer’s Scotland.

  • Caron, I accept.

    Noted in my diary for 2015.

  • David Evans 10th Jan '14 - 1:36am

    I think that it isn’t Danny, but Stephen Tall who is the one who is in danger of losing Danny his seat. I think he saw the cameras and lost it.

  • @JohnTilley
    I guess what Stephen Tall has in mind are
    – personally lobbied for a disproportionate slice of the Treasury fund that provides exemptions from the bedroom tax increasing provision by 400%.
    – extension of the fuel rebate scheme to cover his constituents.
    – £50 million subsidy for the Inverness to London train.
    – £32 million for superfast broadband.
    – tax cut for “cable-based transport systems carrying fewer than 10 people”. The ski lifts taking passengers up the Cairngorms were one of the few recipients.
    – exemption from the climate change levy for “non-public service rail operators”. Hilariously, the Cairngorm tourist train was the only project to qualify.

    @David Evans
    Perhaps Stephen has principles

  • Yes – I think David Evans is probably right when he says –
    David Evans 10th Jan ’14 – 1:36am
    I think that it isn’t Danny, but Stephen Tall who is the one who is in danger of losing Danny his seat. I think he saw the cameras and lost it.

    But then Stephen FairweatherTall as he used to be known when he was in the Labour Party does not have a fantastically good track record when it comes to elections. Perhaps in future he might be a little more careful before accepting every offer the BBC puts his way.

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