Archive for Conference
There is an idiosyncratic book, both eccentric and revealing, to be written one day with a title such as “Pick your seat carefully: how the choice of furniture shapes politics”. It could start with the British House of Commons, deliberately designed to seat a smaller number of people than are elected to serve in it, […]
If you thought the paperwork at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow was harder to find your way round than usual, you weren’t imagining things, for an experiment was being tried. The idea was to save on paper and time by not repeating the relevant extracts from Conference Extra in each day’s Conference Daily. As […]
Many views have already been expressed about the proposals being floated to cut back or even axe the Liberal Democrat spring conference. You can read the consultation paper on spring conference in full here. Two issues, however, are not mentioned in it, so I took the opportunity of a consultation session in Glasgow to raise […]
Here’s what CoVi made of the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow: And don’t forget to take a look at the party’s own round-up movie:
Here’s the new film from the Liberal Democrats: Also on YouTube.
I’ve given my views on Nick Clegg’s speech to the Glasgow conference here and here. See what you make of it for yourself: Also on YouTube.
When 444 votes were cast in the 50p top tax rate debate and 413 in the nuclear power vote, some comments were made about these appearing to be low figures compared to past conferences. However the rush to judgement on them were flawed for three reasons. First, there were rather more votes cast in the […]
Nick Clegg right to highlight how political commentariat was hugely negative about chances of coalition lasting in 2010 - and was wrong
Here is what I told The Guardian about Nick Clegg’s Glasgow conference speech, one which got the warmest buzz from departing conference reps that I have encountered for a long time: This was a much easier speech for Nick Clegg to give than he expected a few days ago. The votes on high-profile issues such […]
The grumpy look on a senior politician’s face as their party leader speaks. The off-the-cuff comment to a stranger in a lift. Sometimes it’s the little things that give an insight into the real political mood, cutting through the layers of soundbites, press officers and newspaper columnists that often swaddle politics like a tight-fitting familiar […]