Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ball bounces into Vince's fan club

Ed Balls describes the Government as being in "wholesale retreat" on setting an immigration cap. He even praises Vince Cable for his work in watering down the policy of having a cap. It is not clear whether or not having Ed Balls patting Vince on the back should be regarded as something to shout about or a kiss of death. Nevertheless, the comment by Balls was interesting. Labour are constantly incorrectly claiming the Lib Dems have no influence in Government. Ed Balls has just shown otherwise.

The reality is that the Conservatives have been in retreat though describing it as wholsesale is somewhat egging the pudding. I have heard however that quite a few Conservatives were concerned that an overly restrictive cap would damage the economy. Clearly there have been moves in the right direction and the Tory right has been defeated on this.

And now for a completely different matter. Apologies for having no posts in the past couple of weeks. I have had a hectic time recently. Too much to do, too little time in which to do it. I think I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but can't be entirely sure. Hopefully, there will be more posts soon.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Northern Democrat latest edition

Northern Democrat No 56 Oct 10
This is the latest edition of the Northern Democrat whch I produce for Lib Dem members and supporters in the North of England. It includes coverage of the Lib Dem presidential election and North East regional conference.