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Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year 2014"Well written, funny and wistful" - Paul Linford; "He is indeed the Lib Dem blogfather" - Stephen Tall"Jonathan Calder holds his end up well in the competitive world of the blogosphere" - New Statesman"A prominent Liberal Democrat blogger" - BBC Radio 4 Today programme"Charming and younger than I expected" - Wartime Housewife
2023-03-30 18:55
"Talented Tory politicians are no longer gossiped about as potentially the next Prime Minister, but as the next Leader of the Opposition. Others are standing down early rather than go throug… Read More
2023-03-26 19:20
"We live in a global, interconnected community and it is ridiculous to think that if we only act in our own self interest, there will not be consequences to our ability to engage internation… Read More
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2023-03-22 20:10
"'It's time​ for the police to stop virtue-signalling and start catching robbers and burglars,'’ the home secretary, Suella Braverman, said at the Conservative Party Conference l… Read More
For Mother's Day
2023-03-20 00:32
It will soon be a year since my mother died.One of the things I promised her I would keep when I cleared her house was the family photographs. So I thought I would post one of her as a teena… Read More
Iona Zajac: Red Corn Poppies
2023-03-19 10:54
The Skinny interviewed Iona Zajac last year when Red Corn Poppies was released as her second single:Your new single Red Corn Poppies is beautiful. What’s it about?Everything is dry and… Read More
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2023-03-18 20:41
It's become evident to some of Putin's propagandists that they may face charges in a war crimes tribunal, but their own words are still strengthening the case for the prosecution, reports Ju… Read More
2023-03-16 19:40
"We have obtained an excoriating letter sent to the BBC chairman, Richard Sharp, by the co-directors of the BBC Singers. The letter mentions aggressive acts and inaccurate statements by seni… Read More
Aksel Rykkvin At The National Liberal Club
2023-03-15 21:44
Aksel Rykkvin's voice had already changed by the time I discovered him on YouTube. As I wrote when choosing an aria by him as one of my Sunday music videos:Though he could do angelic&nb&hell…Read More
2023-03-15 20:10
Embed from Getty ImagesLong ago, my mother told me that my father had been a schoolfriend of Eric Thompson - the actor, director, narrator of The Magic Roundabout and father of Emma.I wasn't… Read More
Splinter: Costafine Town
2023-03-12 11:05
On Thursday the Lib Dems gained a seat in Edinburgh's Corstorphine/Murrayfield ward, which naturally put me in mind of this obscure record from 1974. So I did a bit of research.The… Read More
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2023-03-09 14:00
"It is the year 2049, and residents of the UK city of Oxford are unable to leave their neighborhoods. If they do, a network of cameras - installed years earlier under the guise of easing tra… Read More
Jago Hazzard On Shadwell's Three Stations
2023-03-08 22:38
Another enjoyable lesson in East London railway history.From Shadwell you can take a London Overground train to Dalston Junction. After Whitechapel, this service uses the viaduct that once t… Read More
Barbara Cartland On The Needs Of Children
2023-03-07 20:22
It's time for a final post on Barbara Cartland the social critic and reformer. We have seen her views on women in wartime and seen her helping Gypsies and travellers, so let's see more or he… Read More
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2023-03-06 21:18
"The worst instincts of a dictator are on display in Vladimir Putin’s Russia: the overcentralisation of power; the repression of dissent; the futile attempt to fool all of the people a… Read More
The Bodysnatchers: Let's Do Rock Steady
2023-03-05 13:14
The Bodysnatchers were a seven-piece all-female band involved in the British 2 Tone ska revival of the late 1970s and early 1980s.They disbanded after two years without releasing an album, b… Read More
2023-03-04 19:48
Embed from Getty ImagesA Twitter follower sent me the link to a Guardian profile of Isabel Oakeshott from June 2018. At the time it was published, her most recent book was Cal… Read More
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2023-03-03 22:01
Neil Schofield Hughes thinks Sue Gray's appointment as Keir Starmer's Chief of Staff is a problem: "I have no idea what induced Gray to accept this post - although it’s obvious that sh… Read More
2023-02-27 23:01
"By 2015, it was becoming normal for 12-year-old girls to spend hours each day taking selfies, editing selfies, and posting them for friends, enemies, and strangers to comment on, while also… Read More
Motors: Forget About You
2023-02-26 12:34
We're used to thinking of pub rock as the John the Baptist of punk, and the Motors did have edgier singles than this.But it's not hard to imagine Forget About You being a hit for someone lik… Read More
2023-02-23 15:34
There has been no news of the actor Julian Sands since he disappeared last month while walking in the San Gabriel Mountains in California. It seems we have to fear the worst.Late last year… Read More
Davey's On The Road Again
2023-02-23 14:37
Caron Lindsay reports on Lib Dem Voice:Ed Davey heads out on the road today. He’s doing a 25 stop tour of Blue Wall seats ahead of the local elections and starts in the Lib Dem strongh… Read More
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2023-02-22 22:26
Tony Heron and Gabriel Siles-Brügge argue that the decision to ditch the UK’s Department for International Trade is a tacit acknowledgement that attempts to seize Brexit 'opportun… Read More
The Walker Brothers: Orpheus
2023-02-19 11:40
The Walker Brothers were an American act put together to appeal to the British market of the Sixties. Fronted by Scott Walker's glorious baritone, they had two number one hits: Make It Easy… Read More
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2023-02-18 18:52
Neither Scottish nationalism not unionism is strong enough to vanquish the other, argues Tom McTague.Mark Hooper looks at recent developments on Dartmoor and asks if England’s rig… Read More
Ladybird Books Remembered In Loughborough
2023-02-17 18:15
Between 1915 and 1973, Ladybird Books' printing plant was at Angel Yard in the centre of Loughborough. The small format for which the firm became famous was developed there during the s… Read More
2023-02-16 19:59
This is just the sort of gentle humour at the expense of foreigners that I've always been a little too fond of.It could be worse though. Jerry Sadowitz was once knocked unconscious by a memb… Read More
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2023-02-15 21:58
"Such framings privilege the killer’s narrative over the victim’s. She’s dead, she can’t speak. But he still has a voice – the voice that says she made me do it… Read More

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