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Around the Web: Liberal Democrat manifesto

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Analysis from Pete and Daniel is available and here’s what the rest of the Web makes of the Lib Dem’s manifesto:

Nick Robinson notes that the Lib Dems have made fiscal responsibility and fiscal fairness their standalone issues:

'But you don't need to reach for a calculator or even call our friends at the Institute of Fiscal Studies to ask this question - if you were in government and could really find £17bn, would you actually be prepared to give it all away?

Nick Clegg's answer to that question is an interesting one. He argues that the public will only back what he once called savage cuts in public spending if they see that the cake is being fairly distributed.'

The FT’s Phillip Stephens thinks that, for all their policy failings, Clegg and Cable are having a good campaign.

'The Liberal Democrats are having a good campaign. There is no reason to suppose that the publication of the party’s manifesto will change that.'

Henry Porter believes that the Liberals are leagues ahead on Civil Liberties:

'By far the best undertakings on liberty come in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, which is hardly surprising, given that it has been stalwart in its defence of liberty under all three of its leaders since the last election.

The party will introduce a freedom bill, regulate CCTV, reduce local council surveillance, restore the right to protest, protect free speech, offer guarantees to investigative journalism, scrap ID cards, end plans to spy on email and internet connections, scrap ContactPoint, reduce pre-charge detention to 14 days and scrap secret evidence.'

And Adam Boulton is on to Cable’s sums:

'The third party’s manifesto makes a virtue of simplicity working through Lib Dem policies and pledges in a pamphlet which looks like the sort of thing you’re sent by mortgage lenders. Its unique selling point is the tables of tax spending and saving proposals included at the back. Whatever holes will be picked in the Lib Dem sums they are the only main party to open themselves to direct scrutiny in this way. The picture revealed is one of a major turn from the better off to the lower paid in tax, modest extra spending, and ambitious savings. Businesses and the wealthy will certainly pay more if Cable is ever to be Chancellor.'