Saturday, 11 July 2009

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...

3 Comments:

Blogger Peter Cranie said...

Keep up the good work Rupert and don't let the personal attacks get to you. It just shows how concerned the Lib Dems are about Norwich North, and crucially, Norwich South.

We've taken the liberty of documenting a couple of years smear tactics by the Lib Dems against us here in Liverpool, so the tactics are systematic and nationally agreed. More at http://liverpool.greenparty.org.uk/focusattack/focus_attack.htm

I feel a bit sorry for the Lib Dem candidate, who didn't appear to be the first choice for Nick Clegg and is obviously not able to stand up to the nationally agreed negative tactics.

11 July 2009 at 20:58  
Blogger Thatsnews said...

Mark, if the LibDems were not worried, why the smears?

Or is it a knee-jerk smear, just delivered out of habit?

The smears date back to the days of the old Liberal Party. Back in the 1980s the Liberal Party was well known for its smears and negative campaigning.

12 July 2009 at 01:18  
Blogger Rupert said...

Excuse me? Please explain, Mr. Senior, what the personal attack is here.

12 July 2009 at 09:40  

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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...
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