Tag Archives: Liberal Democrats

  1. The Liberal Democrats – where did it all go wrong?

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    December 18, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrats snatched an almost existential defeat from the jaws of relative victory with a combination of policy and …
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  2. How the Remain Alliance failed whilst the Leave Alliance won

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    December 13, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    From the start of the election campaign, there was a concerted attempt to form a ‘Remain Alliance’, encompassing the Liberal …
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  3. The Exit Poll drops: What does it mean?

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    IF the exit poll is correct, the Conservatives have a stonking majority. Labour have their worst result since 1935. The …
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  4. What’s happened to the Brexit Party in #election2019 shows how our electoral system is undemocratic and unrepresentative and should change

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    December 10, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Brexit Party won the last national election but is effectively unable to compete in this General Election. For this, …
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  5. How the YouGov MRP poll changed this election

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    December 9, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The YouGov MRP poll released two weeks ago appears to have massively influenced the election campaign. It may have led …
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  6. Why Liberals winning means the Liberal Democrats lose

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    December 6, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The triumph of Liberalism as an ideology in terms of the policies adopted by Labour and the Conservatives has simply …
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  7. Why the #Brexit deal is so important to #election2019

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    November 28, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    Going into an election in which the Tories can tell potential Brexit Party voters they have a deal to leave …
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  8. The Liberal Democrat Manifesto – the last gasp for a party that has run out of ideas?

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    November 22, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    I’m reading the party manifestos so you don’t have to. Here’s the Liberal Democrats So, the Liberal Democrats have released …
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  9. Why anti-Brexit parties are standing aside

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    November 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are some very disappointed candidates in England and Wales as they are having to explain to their potential constituents …
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  10. Why the Lib Dems’ ‘Revoke Article 50’ policy isn’t all it seems

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    November 5, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrats’ central policy is to revoke Article 50 and end Brexit. It sounds anti-Democratic, but all is not …
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  11. Ready, Steady, Vote

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    November 4, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The General Election on December 12th 2019 is arguably the most consequential in many of our lifetimes. The Conservatives are …
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  12. A new political party doesn’t have to win seats in Parliament to be successful

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    September 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the August political news ‘silly-season’, James Chapman, former Chief of Staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis, started a one-man …
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  13. #GE2017 chaos: What happens now?

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    June 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is the third hung Parliament since 1945. It is also the third failed call of a surprise snap election …
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  14. What your choice means at this election

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    June 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am an unashamed centrist. I vote for what works. It gets me into ‘trouble’ with people who have far …
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  15. Who should I vote for in Ealing Central and Acton?

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    June 7, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I am lucky enough to live in Ealing Central and Acton, which is a (very) marginal constituency. It was prised …
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  16. How the Lib Dems plan to make EU think again

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    May 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Assessing this Liberal Democrat manifesto is an odd business. They aren’t even suggesting that it is a manifesto for Government, …
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  17. Why the Progressive Pact may need to be fact.

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    May 12, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Two days ago I reported details of a tacit ‘reactionary pact’ in which UKIP voters were defecting to the Tories …
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  18. Why the #libdemfightback might not deliver more seats

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    May 5, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Rumour has it there were high fives in Liberal Democrat headquarters when Theresa May announced she would be calling a …
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  19. Does a political earthquake await in Wales?

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    April 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    With thanks to Professor Roger Scully from Cardiff University, I have some strange readings from the political Richter scale to report …
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  20. Can the normal political rules survive the ‘Brexit election’?

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    April 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Within hours of Theresa May’s announcement that she intended to call an election on June 8th, the offices of ‘Open Britain’, …
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  21. Antisemitism antisceptic: The strange case of David Ward’s short GE2017 campaign

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    April 27, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    A fascinating little side show to yesterday’s  highly political PMQs debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May over Brexit and …
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  22. How the British election system could come to Labour’s aid.

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    April 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Predictions for Labour are dire. With no real position on Brexit, and one of the most unpopular mainstream Party leaders …
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  23. Why is Scotland different?

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    April 21, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Scotland is a country part in this General Election. The issues that matter there are very different from those that …
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  24. Six reasons why the 2017 General Election is so hard to predict

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    April 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    So, the vote to overturn the Fixed Term Parliament Act and call a General Election passed with barely a murmur …
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  25. The ‘Progressive Democrats’ – a new Political Party that might just get us out of this mess

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    June 27, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, there’s an idea whose time has come. That time is now, and the idea is a new Political Party …
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  26. Charles Kennedy – the most human of politicians

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    June 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    To anyone who argues that Politicians are all the same I give you Charles Kennedy. Despite having spent his entire …
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  27. The end of the Liberal Democrats?

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    May 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrats are trumpeting the five thousand new members that registered with them in the aftermath of their defenestration …
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  28. 5am questions- The Lib Dem meltdown and a possible Tory Majority. 

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    May 8, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I write this just after a massive moment. The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable, one of the most powerful people …
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  29. 5 Midnight thoughts after the three Sunderland results. 

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    1) The Pope is Catholic and Labour have won three seats in Sunderland. 2) The good news for Labour is …
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  30. YouGov Poll has a different prediction. Sounds more right, but might not be. 

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    May 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Just when the Twittersphere was about to go into meltdown with rumours of a Labour coup to get rid of …
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  31. A look at what might happen on May 8th

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    May 4, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So here we are, the final week of this election campaign and it has a different feel to most UK …
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  32. Will the main parties ever come clean about their actual tax and spending plans?

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    April 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Yesterday’s election news was dominated for a time by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (an independent think tank aiming to …
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  33. Liberal Democrat manifesto – a UK election first

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    April 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto was a UK election first. It was the first time that a party has actually campaigned …
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  34. Why the Liberal Democrats must be giving thanks for First Past the Post

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    April 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    At one stage, during the mass leaders’ debate last week, Nick Clegg turned and demanded an apology from Ed Miliband …
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  35. The leaders’ debate. How they rated. 

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    April 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So that was the mass debate (stop saying it quickly at the back). Seven adults shouting at each other repeating …
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  36. Nothing can be ruled out when it comes to post-election deals

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    March 28, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     A few weeks ago, the Conservatives released a poster by their advertising agency containing a large Alex Salmond with Ed …
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  37. It is constituency polls, not national polls , that matter for the Liberal Democrats.

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    February 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In recent weeks Ryan Coetzee, the Liberal Democrats’ director of strategy, has commissioned private polling from Survation in 100 marginal …
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  38. Jenny Willott’s compromises show Parliament needs to change to close the gender gap

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    February 24, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Last week’s episode of the consistently excellent documentary ‘Inside the Commons’ focused on the work of the whips, who enforce …
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  39. Wales 2015 Part 2 – the constituencies to watch

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    January 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    As I explained yesterday, it is very likely that the results from Wales will not decide the 2015 General Election. …
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  40. The crack up of the Lib Dem vote is why UKIP and SNP will NOT want to go into government

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    November 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It was, almost, apocalypse for the Liberal Democrats in Rochester and Strood. Geoff Juby, their candidate in the by-election, got …
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  41. If Scotland’s polls are right, chaos ensues at Westminster in May

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    November 1, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The political world is agog at Thursday’s poll numbers from Scotland. Commentators are trying to assess whether they are a …
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  42. Why the Lib Dems choosing who to go into coalition with could be fraught with problems

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    October 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    As the Lib Dems spend time claiming full responsibility for all coalition policies that they like and no responsibility for …
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  43. Why we should welcome the introduction of free school meals for all

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    September 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    From today, every single child in the first three year of school will eligible for a free school meal. That …
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  44. Nick Clegg and the politics of border controls.

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    August 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    How can a proper immigration control system exist in his country that counts and checks the people coming in but …
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  45. I hope David Ward genuinely believes what he is saying and isn’t just doing it for votes

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    July 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is going to sound strange, but if someone is going to be anti-Israeli, or even anti-Semitic, I would prefer …
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  46. Now the hackers are facing the full might of the law – we must be wary of further attempts to muzzle press freedom

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    July 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    A £100m phone hacking trial has just finished. There are more to come as the law works its way through …
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  47. Nick Clegg’s press conference shows the problems for democracy of being in a coalition

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    June 17, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you are ever in need of a primer in the problems of coalition government, you should look no further …
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  48. Lib Dems education policy – pushing them Ed-wards

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    June 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The most interesting aspect of the Lib Dems’ announcement this morning of a manifesto promise at the next election for all …
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  49. 2014 election focus: An existential crisis for the Lib Dems

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    May 27, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    If we just talk about the numbers, the last week has been a complete disaster for the Liberal Democrats. In …
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  50. What to look out for in the Local Council and EU Parliament elections

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    May 21, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I love a good election,me. Tomorrow’s local council elections and EU Parliament are no exception. It is partly because I …
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