by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2010
During the election campaign Lib Dem Voice is each day (more or less) highlighting six blog-posts from the Lib Dem Blogs Aggregator which we think are well worth reading.
Here’s our pick from 14th April …
Post election deals: number two cannot play second fiddle to number three (Jock Coats)
Let’s assume for one magical moment that the Lib Dems remain in second place and take the second highest share of the vote, after the Tories, and that Labour takes the third highest share of the vote. … It would be utterly unconscionable in such circumstances to do any deals with the third placed in vote terms but first placed in seat terms Labour party. It would be laughable for the party placed number two in the popular vote to play junior partner in any deal with the party placed third in the popular vote but who had the largest number of seats.
All of them – perhaps especially the last group – are absolutely incensed by the fact that they keep being told not to vote Lib Dem, either because it’s a “wasted vote” or because it will let one of the other two in. They’re incredulous about this. Why would anyone take such an instruction seriously? The relief in the wall posts from people who’ve just joined is palpable. Why should I listen to this self-serving bullshit? Why would I believe any newspaper anyway? And thank god there are lots of other people out there who feel the same as me. They mention the self-interest of the old parties, the lazy misinformation of the media, the innate daftness of not voting Lib Dem because they won’t get enough votes to win. They get it. To coin a phrase, they really are thinking what we’re thinking.
Will this be THE image of the 2010 general election? (Angela Harbutt, Liberal Vision)
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…..
In defence of ‘Dr Death’ – a riposte to ‘Odious’ Odone (Neil Fawcett)
Torygraph writer Cristina ‘Odious’ Odone has an article today which makes for a pretty unpleasant attack on the candidate I am Agent for in the election, Dr Evan Harris. She attacks Evan for his position on abortion (broadly in line with the current law but making it easier for women to access abortions earlier and with less stressful processes) and assisted dying (where he is broadly in line with the vast majority of people). She apparently believes that Evan’s stances on these issues somehow make the Lib Dems ‘creepy’ and that he deserves the tagline ‘Dr Death’ for his efforts.
Those of us who know and have worked with Nick Clegg are thrilled that what we have known all along: that he is a genuine, natural individual, and a breath of fresh air, is now widely known after just 90 minutes of equal airtime on the telly. … So those in doubt of how voting Lib Dem would encourage a different, cleaner type of politics, and how the ‘rise of Nick Clegg’s could lock Murdoch and the media elite out of UK politics’ have another big reason to Vote Lib Dem.
Breaking the Mould (James Oates)
This surge is a challenge to all of the parties, including the Liberal Democrats themselves- it is so unexpected that few will have been prepared for the scale of the change- however welcome that change turns out to be- so the aftermath of the election is going to need much careful thought- and very clear focus on the core issues, values and interests of the Liberal Democrats and more, of the UK as a whole.
Spotted a Lib Dem blog posting that deserves a wider audience? Then let us know about it in the comments thread below …