The #GE2010 Golden Half-Dozen: pick of the Lib Dem blogs (12th April)

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2010

During the election campaign Lib Dem Voice is each day highlighting six blog-posts from the Lib Dem Blogs Aggregator which we think are well worth reading.

Here’s our pick from 12th April …

  • National Insurance: are the Tories this useless? (Mat Bowles)
  • Haven’t had your fill of the NIC debate yet? Mat takes a fair and balanced look: “Note that when Vince has attacked the Tories on this, he’s not argued with them too much over the NI stuff; he’s argued with them over how they’re going to pay for it; he’s right to say that the money they’re using is pretty much fictional, from what I can tell.”

  • The day Newsnight came to Luton South (Qurban Hussain)
  • Qurban survives Michael Crick’s schoolboy cynicism: “Was greatly pleased to be informed by Michael that we have had far more literature out that either Labour or the Conservatives. Also, I noticed that neither of their candidates have mentioned Newsnight on their websites due to the poor reception they received!”

  • Governments are like a box of chocolates… (Sara Scarlett)
  • Cadbury’s Law leaves a bitter taste in Liberal Vision’s mouth: “Labour’s policies are becoming more excruciatingly tenuous by the minute.”

  • FPTP: Frankly Pathetic; Totally Preposterous (Futility Monster)
  • Sticking up for voter choice: “Voting is something a lot of people take a lot of time over. They umm and ahh about who they should go for, often proceeding on a least-worst option. How can I hurt the candidate I don’t want to win the most? Which one of these candidates do I hate the least? Their preference can change daily.”

  • Cognitive Dissonance (Jennie Rigg)
  • One of the challenges of putting yourself up for election: facing down casual judgementalism. “… a local voter has apparently opined that nobody is going to vote for me because I have ‘all that ironwork’ in my face. … If the electorate don’t like the idea of self-important corporate men in suits being your representative, why don’t they stop voting for them, and instead vote for someone who is none of those things? Or is an eyebrow ring more important than all that?”

  • Labour’s Manifesto … (Giles Wilkes)
  • Unimpressed by Labour’s stale list of statist targets: “look at all the lovely things we can do, lots of fiddly little things from toddler credits to guarantees of this and that, and rights to that and this, from the speed of cancer test delivery to the power to sack senior coppers. How will this list impress bored people?”

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