If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading The post Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Vince Cable has made some ambiguous comments in the chamber this morning about an EU referendum. At the last business questions of this Parliament, the shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna… Continue reading The post Vince Cable shows how the Lib Dems plan to squeeze the Tories on Europe appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Cracks within the Liberal Democrats began to surface this week after Vince Cable publicly denounced Tim Farron as a future party leader. Now things have got even stranger. An excruciating mash-up video… Continue reading The post Are the Lib Dems now trolling their own leader? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Another day, another senior Liberal Democrat takes a pop at Tim Farron. After Farron publicly marked the party’s leadership ‘two out of ten’ for its handling of the coalition, the knives have… Continue reading The post Vince Cable’s attack on Tim Farron is a sign of the Lib Dem bloodshed to come appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Away from the mainstream.
The wags have been having a good old laugh at Danny Alexander's attempts to set out a Lib Dem perspective on the recent budget. Except I'm not so sure that the decision to replace the Chancellor's traditional red box with a yellow Lib Dem one has worked out too well.
Danny Alexander presents the Lib Dems' vision of Britain's public finances
The Tories described the Liberal Democrats’ alternative Budget statement today as ‘part of price they had to pay to have a Budget.’ But the Liberal Democrats, oddly, didn’t seem to… Continue reading The post The Lib Dems’ alternative budget showed the difficulties of a Lib/Lab coalition appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
My back of the envelope calculations suggest that of the seats that the Lib Dems have very little chance of retaining, 11 would go to the Conservatives, 10 to Labour and four to the SNP. There are two seats I am genuinely uncertain about: Fife North East (where Ming Campbell is retiring) and Argyll & Bute which is a genuine four way marginal. Show More Summary
This morning Danny Alexander is scheduled to reveal the Liberal Democrats’ proposed alternative budget. Alas, Vince Cable appears to have missed the memo. Speaking about the budget on LBC yesterday, Cable claimed he would… Continue reading The post Did Vince Cable think he was presenting the Lib Dems’ budget? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Given that they are currently tanking in national polls, the Liberal Democrats will depend on incumbency and local factors to retain seats in the House of Commons. 'Go back to your constituencies and prepare for holding more seats than the polls say, as one wag put it. Show More Summary
So both Labour and the Lib Dems have given a cautious welcome to David Cameron’s latest offer on the TV debates. A Labour spokesman said ‘based on the broadcasters’ proposals… Continue reading The post Labour and Lib Dems welcome ‘progress’ on TV debates appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Given their record in government, any sane person would regard a pledge by the Liberal Democrats with a healthy dose of cynicism. Their latest hobby-horse is mental health; it has… Continue reading The post Lib Dems are promising to revolutionise mental health care. This is opportunism, pure and simple appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It seems Tim Farron has rather annoyed his senior Lib Dem colleagues with his quite naked desire to become party leader. After the ambitious MP said that the Lib Dems… Continue reading The post Paddy Ashdown slaps down Tim Farron: ‘Judgement is not his strong suit’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
If general elections were won on how swanky a campaign office is, the Greens would beat the Lib Dems hands down in Bristol West. Their candidate Darren Hall works out… Continue reading The post Can the Greens win in Bristol West? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
I do feel sorry for Danny Alexander. He’ll have been worked off his feet for the Budget due next week but his party then dispatches him to butter up a… Continue reading The post The Lib Dems are getting desperate (but it didn’t have to be this way) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
A parliamentary move to expedite the return of the Elgin Marbles from the UK to Greece will be made later. In an early day motion, Lib Dem MP Andrew George will urge the government to make moves towards "reuniting" them with those in the Acropolis Museum. Show More Summary
The Lib Dems deserve some credit for persuading the Coalition Government at Westminster to bring forward a new law which will require large firms to reveal differences between the average pay for their male and female workers. But forty...Show More Summary
Are the Conservatives beginning to pull ahead of Labour? Two polls out this week suggest this might be the case. Today’s YouGov/The Sun poll puts the Tories on 36 per… Continue reading The post Two polls put the Tories ahead while the Lib Dems hit a 25 year low appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Nick Clegg is to hold an hour-long phone-in next week on mental health. The Deputy Prime Minister will host the session himself on LBC on Monday. This is part of… Continue reading The post Why are the Lib Dems spending so much time talking about mental health? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.