Very perceptive article by the Guardian's Martin Kettle looking at the wider implications of the Tories' decision to veto Lords reform, and the Lib Dems' decision to retaliate on boundary changes.
Jonathan Calder's thoughts on Michael Gove's GCSE announcement: "Just as with health, we Liberal Democrats give the impression that we have arrived in power after 90 years in the wilderness with no higher ambition that maintaining the status quo. We need to do better than that."
An imaginary conversation. In every way possible.
"... if we are heading for electoral disaster I am still proud of our time in office" - a controversial but brave verdict on the 2012 local elections.
"The Conservative-Lib Dem coalition isn't about to lurch to the left or the right. We spent two years on rescue. Now it's reform."
Nailing a myth from the Tory right.
"Of its members, 54% are from London and the south-east, there are more peers aged over 90 than there are under 40 and only a little over one in five are women." Quite.
A sound post: "The problem within the party as well as with the electorate is the uncertainty. The party activists aren’t used to having any power and when you have only a whiff of it and are unable to do everything then you feel like you are only going backwards."
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