A clash between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage has gone from a challenge on radio, to 2 debates on national radio and the BBC. With that, Clegg may well have pulled off a masterstroke.
When it was clear that the Lib Dems were going to take on UKIP one-on-one in these elections, a few members of the party recoiled. I’ve previously questioned why we are giving UKIP so much credit, given their minimal electoral presence. However, as the approach has continued, it actually seems to be falling into place very nicely, and the two confirmed Nick V Nigel Debates could well be the icing on the cake.
Either way, the strategy is a return to the bold, risk taking Nick Clegg who propelled his party to government.
As a minister Ed Davey has been key at getting Lib Dem principles enacted, first by helping the Post Office survive, and then in pursuing climate change policies. But he was having a major impact before government too.
Ed Davey is surprisingly quiet for a Cabinet minister, tending to let actions speak louder than words. In government he has been pretty successful at getting Lib Dem friendly policies enacted, while not roughing up Tory colleagues and creating tension in the same way his predecessor Chris Huhne did. Davey was though making a significant difference to the country, and to liberalism, before becoming a minister.
Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg has announced a major boost to Further Education.
Nick Clegg has today laid out plans for funding and other improvements to Further Education. Speaking today, he said there was £4.1billion for adult FE and skills in 2013-14. There is also £1,300 per disadvantaged primary school pupil as part of the Lib Dems landmark pupil premium policy.
The Lib Dem leader also said there would be a a “UCAS-style one stop online shop”, for those that don’t want to go to university in England. Local authorities would be responsible for making sure that the information on the system is kept up to date.
David Cameron has displayed staggering over the last few days by vowing there woudld be no more coalitions.
On Monday the Telegraph reported that David Cameron is rather over this whole coalition thing, and has vowed not to do it again. The problem is it isn’t he who gets to decide. You see, in Britain we have this little thing called voting, so we decide who the government is, not David Cameron.
The Health Select Committee has just hosted a rather fractious debate over the care.data database of patient information.
Amongst those appearing in front of the panel of MPs today was Nick Pickles, director of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch (of which I am a supporter.) He told MPs that the care.data database, which will bring together patients records and make them available for research, had “some laudable aims”, but that “the communication around [it] has been far from adequate.
Phil Booth, from medConfidential, agreed, complaining that opting out of the database was “not formulated in a way any reasonable person could understand.”
Cllr. Lester Holloway last week described female genital mutilation as “at worst, unacceptable”. Today he features prominently on the new Lib Dem website.
Sutton Lib Dem councillor Lester Holloway was heavily criticised by people in the party for his comments, reported on this blog, about female genital mutilation. No surprise, given the fantastic campaigning the International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has done on the subject.
Holloway now features prominently on the front of the new Lib Dem website, next to Leader Nick Clegg.
A London site has joined the network of the late, great, US blogger Andrew Breitbart.
Breitbart London has today launched, edited by James Delingpole and Raheem Kassam. It becomes part of the growing Breitbart News network in the US, as they’ve now also launched a side it Texas.
I’ve said plenty of times how Andrew Breitbart really inspired me to blog about politics and the technology and culture around it, so you can imagine how excited I was when Raheem asked me to be a contributor. My first piece is live, and has a proper look at who is getting their house in order to replace Nick Clegg.
Comment, share, and get involved in this hugely exciting new site!
Clare Balding has been asked whether she felt comfortable working on the Sochi Olympics, given Russia’s anti-gay laws. She always said she wanted to represent, not hide.
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Clare Balding anymore, she did this…
Lib Dem Minister Lynne Featherstone has been one of the leading voices against the awful practice of female genital mutilation, but a Lib DemLondon councillor has branded campaigners as anti-African.
Lester Holloway is a Lib Dem Councillor in Sutton, and has chaired the Ethnic Minority Lib Dem organisation. The party’s Minister in the International Development Department, Lynne Featherstone, has been leading campaigns to tackle the brutal practice of female genital mutilation. It appears Holloway doe not quite see the issue in the same way…