by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2010
Want to keep up with what’s happening in the media but too busy campaigning? Here’s a handy guide to a trio of today’s most essential stories …
Nick Clegg: I could work with Labour, just not Gordon Brown (Guardian)
The Lib Dem leader states his position in the event of Labour coming third behind the Lib Dems in share of the vote:
I think, if Labour do come third in terms of the number of votes cast, then people would find it inexplicable that Gordon Brown himself could carry on as prime minister. As for who I’d work with, I’ve been very clear – much clearer than David Cameron and Gordon Brown – that I will work with anyone. I will work with a man from the moon, I don’t care, with anyone who can deliver the greater fairness that I think people want.”
As Clegg’s popularity grows, so his demands begin to spook rivals (The Independent)
A good report from the Indy pointing out the inherent contradictions in the Lasbervatives’ stance:
Labour and Conservative attacks on the Liberal Democrats have failed to burst Nick Clegg’s bubble and his party is now just one point behind the Tories in a remarkably close three-way race. …
More than one in five people who voted Labour at the last election (21 per cent) have switched to Mr Clegg’s party, as has almost one in 10 Tory supporters (eight per cent).
Yesterday there were signs of panic in the high command of both the Labour and Tories at the apparently unstoppable Clegg bandwagon, which has turned next week’s election into the most unpredictable for decades. Both parties spent the day directing their fire at the Liberal Democrats. The Tories warned that a vote for Mr Clegg would leave Mr Brown in Downing Street, while Labour claimed it would allow David Cameron to win power.
Battle for Islington: Clegg lays siege to bastion of new Labour (Times)
Focusing on Bridget Fox’s Battle for Islington:
For a snapshot of the transforming effect of Cleggmania on the landscape there can be few better places to train your lens than the cradle of the new Labour project. Knock on a few doors in Islington and very quickly you come face to face with disgruntled former Labour supporters planning to vote for Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats.
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