Nick Clegg was boasting of everything that the Liberal Democrats had stopped those nasty Tories from doing when he let it slip: "Had they asked us, no to those ‘go home’ poster vans." And his party had better get used to being ignored. Even if they hang on in government, there will be plenty more [...]
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg used his speech to Liberal Democrat conference to announce that all pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from September 2014, with equivalent funding for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In addition, disadvantaged students at sixth form colleges and further education colleges in England will […]
Nick Clegg has finished speaking to the Lib Dem conference – finally. Boy it was a long one, and a real snooze, too. What did we learn? That Nick Clegg is just like the rest of us – he too goes to Spain every year to look at a statue of his father-in-law. That coalition [...]
Three years ago – nearly three and a half – I walked into the Cabinet Office for my first day as Deputy Prime Minister. Picture it: history in the making as a Liberal Democrat leader entered, finally, into the corridors of power, preparing to unshackle Britain after years of Labour and Conservative rule. Only to […]
"Our mision is anchoring in Britain to the centre ground. Our place in is in Government again." Well, you can't fault Nick Clegg for ambition. His conference speech in Glasgow makes the following, familiar argument: the two-party system is dying and coalitions are now the norm, since neither Conservatives nor Labour can command enough support [...]
Martha, 4, Japanese Chin. "I think Nick Clegg has done a sterling job. He inherited a bad economy from Labour and has had to work with a Tory Party that's far to right of everyone on the economy and Europe. He's had to combine good financial sense with fairness – and that's a hard act [...]
Well, nothing spells F.U.N. like a Lib Dem conference. Today Nick Clegg will use his speech to give 'em Hell (or should that be purgatory?) on the subjects of free school meals and a plastic bag tax. And what sights must he see from his podium? A diminished audience of gay vicars and cycle-lane enthusiasts. [...]
This afternoon Nick Clegg will stand up in front of the Lib Dem conference and say: “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a [...]
FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR PRIMARY CHILDREN All children in the first three years of primary school are to be given free school meals in a £600m programme aimed at reducing the cost of living for parents, Nick Clegg has announced. The LiB...Show More Summary
From the @TelePolitics Evening Briefing. Sign up. MORE? The good times are back. They must be, because this afternoon Nick Clegg has announced the biggest crowd-pleaser of the conference season so far: all children in their first three years of primary school will be given free school meals, he says. The details: 1) it'll cost [...]
Nick Clegg always rails against the same old politics, identikit politicians and the like. So how will he cope now that tech whizzes have worked out how to print their… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Print your own politician appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools will receive a free school lunch from September 2014,Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced. The government will fund schools in England to provide every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 with a hot, nutritious meal at lunch time. The […]
No sooner had Danny Alexander, the Treasury chief secretary, warned Lib Dems that austerity needs to continue to pay down our £1.3 trillion debt, than up pops Nick Clegg to pledge free meals for hundreds of thousands of primary age schoolchildren. The cost: a mere £600m a year. Pupils from poor backgrounds already qualify for [...]
Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, Norman Baker, has welcomed the Lib Dem decision to introduce a 5p tax on plastic bag announced by Nick Clegg. The new policy will see the introduction of a 5p charge on single use carrier bags to reduce “one off” consumption of carrier bags and increase the re-use of bags by […]
Nick Clegg has had a good party conference, and wants to round it off with an announcement that will leave a warm glow in delegates’ tummies. So he’s announcing free… Continue reading The post Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg to announce free school meals for all infant school pupils appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It was all a drunken mistake. That's what Jeremy Clarkson says about rumours – admittedly started by himself on Twitter – that he's planning to take on Ed Miliband. Last Saturday Clarkson wrote, "I'm thinking I might stand in the next election as an independent for Doncaster North, which is where I'm from. Thoughts?" But [...]
One of the clearest impressions from the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow this week concerns their leader. Nick Clegg has changed. A year or so ago, the DPM looked sad, heavy and lost. This week, he appears energised, confident and, as the young folk say, up for it. If it's acceptable to say so, he [...]
I will keep this relatively short. I've never been a huge fan of Nick Clegg or the Liberal Democrats (I know, I know, I've done my best to hide it). I am actually going to Glasgow later today, but it is for something other than the Lib Dem conference, so I will manage to maintain [...]
Yesterday, colleagues and I gave a revised version of a course for statisticians, which we've been working on now for about a year. It's called "Futility Analysis". At what point, when data are accruing, can it be established that the chances of further evidence changing one's mind about some hypothesis or other are minimal? During [...]
It was so close that they had to count the votes in the conference hall, and even then, the Liberal Democrats only backed Nick Clegg on retaining the 45p tax… Continue reading The post Lib Dem conference: Nick Clegg narrowly wins 45p/50p tax vote appeared first on Spectator Blogs.