The mote in April's eye
It's sad to see the LibDems continuing to practice dirty politics as, out of their extreme fear of finishing behind us, they scattergun more and more vitriol against us/me. What the citizens of Norwich North are saying to me is that they want the candidates to run a positive campaign and focus on the issues. I've been talking a lot today about resisting excessive development around the edges of the Norwich area, and preserving the character of the countryside. April Pond seems by contrast to be basing a significant part of the LibDem campaign on smearing the Greens. If the LibDems had confidence in their policies, surely they would choose to run on those?
Of course Ms. Pond is presumably being told from above how to run the campaign, and so I recognise that she is under pressure to continue to go negative. But she sets the tone and that is why she should sign the Clean Campaign Pledge.
I once again therefore invite my Lib Dem and Labour rivals to sign up to our Clean Campaign Pledge, a practical demonstration of one's commitment to cleaning up politics. If the LibDems were to do this, then I would be quite ready to treat all April Pond's smears and negative campaigning as (to coin a phrase) water under the bridge...