Monthly Archives: August 2011

Moore to Salmond: You do your job, I’ll do mine

This post marks the beginning of a bit of a Mike Moore Fest which will be appearing across here, Lib Dem Voice and The Steamie over the next few days. I had a really good, long chat with him recently … Continue reading

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Keeping Conference Liberal and safe: Gareth Epps must be there

A couple of years ago I wrote a few posts around the farcical arrangements the Labour Government were putting in place regarding those working with children, including parent helpers. Thankfully Lynne Featherstone got rid of this excessive and ineffective vetting … Continue reading


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Get your BOTY nominations in by Friday – and remember Andrew Reeves

Those lovely people at Liberal Democrat Voice are having their annual every-expense-spared but entertainment rich blog awards ceremony at Federal Conference in Birmingham. As I write this, the Divine Ms Duffett is running around like a mad thing constructing the … Continue reading

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Willie Rennie calls for trams rethink

I had a bit of an intemperate rant about Edinburgh City Council’s decision, brought about by Labour and Tories siding together while the SNP sheepishly sat on their hands, to terminate the trams line at Haymarket,. As an aside, it … Continue reading

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The worst way we could ever find out about how much the Lib Dems influence this Government

So, the conventional wisdom in some parts these days is that we Liberal Democrats have abandoned our principles and turned into Tories overnight. Except the Tories don’t think so. Tim Montgomerie, editor of  Conservative Home, laments that  “with every passing … Continue reading

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Willie Rennie and the correctly coloured paint

Well, it’s been a fantastic day today. I’ve spent it in the company of some fabulously enthusiastic Liberal Democrat candidates for the Council elections next May, in some 244 days’ time, at a training day run by the Association of … Continue reading

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The cracks start to show in #ldconf vetting system

Nothing will stop me looking forward to the first Federal Conference I’ve attended in 12 years, but I can’t describe to you how uncomfortable and physically sick it made me feel to receive an e-mail the other day which said: … Continue reading

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Shami Chakrabarti praises Nick Clegg on human rights commitments

One thing we can be sure the Tories would have done had they been governing alone is taken the Human Rights Act and shredded it. The fact that these hard won freedoms are still there is down to Nick Clegg … Continue reading

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What use is a tram line to Haymarket?

Of all the problems and delays which have beset the Edinburgh trams, none was so avoidable as the unbelievably stupid decision taken by Edinburgh Councillors last night to stop the new line at Haymarket. The Chief Executive of Edinburgh Chamber … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE Pictures of the Greater Spotted Rennie

You can clearly see the paint splatters on Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie’s shirt and suit here. As Nick Clegg arrived for a private meeting with a packed hall of Scottish party members, a man who is now getting … Continue reading

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