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A bit of back-slapping…..

By Angela Harbutt
April 26th, 2010 at 2:42 pm | 3 Comments | Posted in Election

Back in July 2009, Mark Littlewood, once of this parish, posted on this website…..

Can the LibDems get more votes than Labour at the next election?

At the time he pointed to the Labour Party’s continuing atrocious polling numbers and Nick Clegg’s increasingly impressive performance as LibDem leader.

He said “If the governing party staggers into the General Election with Brown still at the helm, their campaign could be a Michael Foot -style PR disaster” …and”I’d expect Nick Clegg to have a strong showing in the campaign itself. He is a  capable TV performer (by far the most important communications medium in modern politics) and the British public will like him more as they get to know him more”. 

He went onto say “The implications for LibDem strategy could be huge – perhaps suggesting a shift of resources to nationwide communications rather than funnelling as much money as previously into marginals. It would be controversial too – and probably particularly unpalatable to incumbent MPs”.

Of course – it all looked like such a wild suggestion back then.  Then again, no one had any expectation that Cameron, let alone Brown, would agree to the leaders TV debates. (Well not quite true…there were some strong rumours even back then).

But in so far as the Liberal high-command HAS focused its efforts around national TV;  the public HAS grown to like Nick the more they see him; and the polls suggest that Liberals MAY WELL get more votes that Labour at the election…

…then we have to say not a bad bit of crystal ball gazing Mr Littlewood. Not bad.

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“I agree with Nick” T-shirts…everywhere

By Angela Harbutt
April 20th, 2010 at 4:41 pm | 6 Comments | Posted in Election, Liberal Democrats, UK Politics

i-agree-with-nickSo I went on-line this morning thinking that I should buy myself an ” I agree with Nick” T-shirt – if such a thing existed…..How foolish I was. The worldwide web appears to have spawned some form of virus since there appear to be hundreds of “I agree with Nick” T-shirts. Dont you just love free enterprise????

Two questions.

1. Which Tshirts ensure at least some of the of the money gets to Lib Dem coffers

2. Which is the best ? I think the orange one but suggestions welcome.

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Will this be THE image of the 2010 general election?

By Angela Harbutt
April 19th, 2010 at 9:10 pm | 4 Comments | Posted in Election, UK Politics

Much-hailed as the general election that would see bloggers, tweeters et al come of age, so far it is TV that is making all the running at game-changing events. But lets not write off the underlying impact of  the new media…..

But I think this image – picked up over on Freethinking Economist website – will be one of the images,if not THE image of the 2010 election.


Simply gobsmacking.

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Polls put Labour in third place

By Angela Harbutt
April 19th, 2010 at 7:10 pm | 2 Comments | Posted in Election, UK Politics

The Guardian poll today follows other polls putting the approx 10 point surge in Lib Dems in even firmer ground. (Conservatives 33%, Liberals 30%, Labour 28% :source Guardian/ICM).

Even more spectacularly is reporting that the Angus Reid/Politcal Betting Poll shows Liberals 32%Conservatives 32% and Labour 24%. Something remarkable is happening. Checkout later this evening for further results.

No wonder David Cameron scrapped his tired old “attack Labour” election broadcast and went into his garden to record something else for broadcast today. He does not refer to Nick Clegg or the Liberals – but his message is pretty clear and its not directed at Labour voters….

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Mystery YouGov poll looks for Nick Clegg’s weaknesses

By Angela Harbutt
April 19th, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Comments Off on Mystery YouGov poll looks for Nick Clegg’s weaknesses | Posted in Election, UK Politics

“GET ME SOME FOCUS GROUP RESEARCH (to tell me what to say next)”…

…That’s about the size of it.  Never mind about worrying about your own message. Or stating from the heart where you have fundamental disagreements with Liberal policy. I could understand – and respect – that.

But no. It’s being reported widely on the web and now on the BBC that some party is now conducting a survey of voters to establish the best lines of attack on the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. That’s just poor. That’s lacking the courage of your own conviction. That’s being LED – rather than leading. That’s what has been wrong with politics in this country for the past two decades.

Spin-doctors, PR consultants, research organisations and newspaper editors determining political policy.

No wonder people want change.

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