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What The Spectator says: ‘Obama the Lib Dem’. (PS: It may even be a compliment.)

Over at The Spectator, Jonathan Jones looks at the US and UK approaches to their forthcoming budgets — cutting the deficit, taming debt, etc — and his fourth and final point concludes:

Obama the Lib Dem. It’s striking how similar Obama’s tax priorities are to those of the Liberal Democrats, even though the specifics differ either side of the Atlantic. Obama wants to extend the payroll tax cut for ‘160 million hardworking Americans’, which he says is worth ‘about $40 in every paycheck’ for ‘the typical family earning $50,000 a year’. The Lib Dems have been pushing to raise the

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In other news… Vince upsets Tories, Liverpool to choose mayor, Radcliffe hexes Clegg, and Hughes settles with Murdoch

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past week…

  • Cable sticks by Les Ebdon as his choice of ‘university tsar’ – the Lib Dem business secretary is opening up a rift in the Coalition:

    Business Secretary Vince Cable is standing by his candidate to head the university fair access watchdog, despite a rejection by MPs. Les Ebdon had been put forward by ministers as their preference for director of the Office for Fair Access. But MPs on a select committee have voted to try to block the appointment. However ministers are not backing

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    Diffindo! Has Daniel Radcliffe hexed the Lib Dems?

    Daniel Radcliffe has declared himself to be “underwhelmed” by the Lib Dems in the wake of the tuition fees controversy, according to a report in the Daily Mail:

    A source inside the party said: ‘Daniel does not in any way support the violence of the rioters, but to say he is underwhelmed by his party is an understatement. Like millions of others he was under the impression that the Liberal Democrats had no plans to increase the cost of studying.

    ‘While Daniel will never have to worry about his finances again, a tuition fee hike is a serious issue which

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    Daniel Radcliffe on Nick Clegg: he still has the magic touch

    Harry Potter star, actor Daniel Radcliffe, was one of the Lib Dems’ star supporters in the lead-up to the election — and it seems he’s sticking by Nick Clegg and the party in government, according to the Voice’s favourite online political read, ShowbizSpy.com:

    “I’m a very big fan… I don’t agree with everything he says, but of all the party leaders, he was the one I voted for,” Daniel said. “I thought he was a great speaker and very charismatic and very statesmanlike.

    “I’m glad that he is still in a prominent position in British politics because I think he

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    Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe confirms: “I’ll be voting Lib Dem”

    It was last summer that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe first indicated he would be backing the Lib Dems at the election, coming out as a party supporter in an interview in Attitude magazine.

    Now, it seems, Daniel’s endorsement is official according to the Daily Prophet Mail:

    In next month’s US edition of Vogue, Radcliffe – who will be able to vote for the first time at the General Election – discusses his affiliation to the party. ‘I’ll be voting Lib Dem, without a shadow of a doubt,’ he said. ‘Nick Clegg rang me and we had a good

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    Daily View 2×2: 29 July 2009

    2 Big Stories

    Kingman steps down from UKFI

    As the Press Association reports:

    The company responsible for the taxpayer’s stakes in ailing banks saw a leadership shake-up as chief executive John Kingman announced plans to step down. Mr Kingman, who has led UK Financial Investments (UKFI) since it was formed last November, will step down from the £143,000 post in “due course” for a career in the private sector.

    Lib Dem deputy leader Vince Cable is worried by this upheaval at the very top of UKFI:

    UKFI is one of Britain’s most powerful bodies and these changes at the top come at a very sensitive time. What is worrying about these changes is that Mr Kingman is leaving at a time when it’s clear the Government hasn’t really got a grip on the banks.

    “This is the one person within the Treasury who knew where all the skeletons are buried and what’s going on. His departure at this time will leave a massive hole.”

    Meanwhile in other Vince-related, recession-related news, our shadow chancellor has once again called for the big banks to be broken up for posing too great a risk to the taxpayer:

    He criticised the combination of ordinary banking, such as business lending and mortgage payments, and so-called casino banking.

    “These two things should not co-exist in the same institution,” he said. “It is highly unstable. It means the British taxpayer is underwriting very dangerous high-risk activities, so for that reason alone they should be split up. In addition the European Commission has made the case that there is now far too little competition.”

    He said increasingly concentrated ownership did not give the consumer a good deal. “It is dangerous in giving excessive market power and before these banks are returned to private ownership they should be split up,” the Lib Dem MP said. “This may mean reopening, for example, the whole issue of the Lloyds/Royal Bank of Scotland merger and possibly reversing it.”

    Lib Dem celebrity news round-up

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    Norman Lamb: the Lib Dem MP who helped launch Tinchy Stryder’s rap career

    What is it with the Lib Dems and celebrities these days? Yesterday, Daniel Radcliffe came out of the closet as a Lib Dem, while today The Guardian reveals all about Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb’s collaboration with hot, new rapping superstar Tinchy Stryder:

    Twenty-two- year-old Kwasi Danquah – better known to his increasingly agitated female admirers as Tinchy Stryder – is Britain’s hottest new rapper, whose two most recent singles, Take Me Back and Number 1, reached number three and, appropriately enough, number one in the charts. He offers a noncommittal wave and nod in their direction, then returns his

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    Accio voters! Harry Potter star Dan Radcliffe backs the Lib Dems

    The Sun reports an interview with Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who portrays Harry Potter in the film franchise, in which he gives his support to the Lib Dems – and dismisses Labour and the Tories:

    The actor – who battles soul-sucking Dementors as the boy wizard and is currently starring in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince – said he supports Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg because the other parties offer nothing to young people.

    He said: “I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem. If all the people who liked them

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