In desperation

Received a piece of Lib Dem ‘Literature’ through the door this morning. It’s really amazing in some ways that they are still rehearsing the worn-out formulas that were so novel (were they?) 30 years ago. You know “It’s a two horse race” with that little old graph showing the Lib Dems close to winning and Labour with no chance. In short, ‘don’t vote for us because we’re any good, but do it to get someone else out’. Tactical voting. Sheer negativity and cynicism. Livingstone is ‘squandering and crony-ridden’ while Johnson is ‘a buffoon’. Negativism again. Paddick ‘has been a senior policeman for over 30 years……’ Most have risen very rapidly through the ranks. He certainly rose rapidly through the ranks of the Lib Dems, whom he joined all of 2 years ago! Everyone is a fool or a crook except the Lib Dems.

Some people, including (I reckon) some of their own members, have swallowed this stuff for over 20 years now. Let us hope that the polls are right and that the voters of London are about to tell them to grow up and get serious because the old, tired formulas just won’t wash any more.


About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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1 Response to In desperation

  1. James says:

    Hi Paul,

    Hope you are well, I read your blog a lot, and just had to comment on this post as it’s my sentiments exactly!

    I thing now is a great time where all parties should be pushing towards campaigning on policy! I think the days of this sort of politics should be killed off and fought purely on the basis of accountability and policy as its elected members pushing policy that make the real changes not parties that can produce leaflets convincing the electorate that voting for them is the ‘clever informed choice’.

    Isn’t this what the leaders of the three major parties keep saying? Aren’t parties that use terms like; ‘two horse race’ and ‘X can’t win here’ guilty of patronising the electorate and misguiding them?

    We should be allowed an informed debate of pure policy allowing the electorate to decide for themselves, now that would be a real change and the voters would certainly be winning here! (sorry couldn’t resist)


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