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LDVideo: Paddy Ashdown gets BBC’s Norman Smith’s name wrong

On Tuesday, Paddy Ashdown was sent to do the rounds of the media outlets as a robust voice of reason. He was on a bit of a mission to tackle the idea that the Liberal Democrats were showing themselves up as not fit for government. Of course, those commentators in the media making that point didn’t balance it up with any credit for being 20% of the government but contributing so many decent policies. I mean, whatever you feel about the efficacy of raising the tax threshold as a means of tackling poverty, it’s a promise kept. As is the Pupil Premium, investing money to give disadvantaged kids the best chance in life. Then there’s the total sense on mental health. That’s an area that’s suffered from chronic underinvestment for a long time. Things won’t be sorted overnight, but it’s good to have a Deputy PM and a Health Minister who get it, who understand the effects of being dropped from all the support at the age of 18. When you live in a place like Scotland, where the Health Minister really doesn’t get it and vulnerable kids are having to wait a year to even see a psychiatrist, you really appreciate the changes happening south of the border.

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Maria Hutchings, Eastleigh Conservative candidate, plays hide and seek with the media

Norman LamontOne of my favourite moments from the 1997 general election campaign came when I was stood on a street corner in Harrogate, talking to a report about the challenge from Lib Dem candidate Phil Willis, who was trying to take the seat from the Conservatives. Suddenly, the journalist looked over my shoulder, muttered ‘excuse me’ and ran off down the street, partially dignified, chasing a van that had driven past behind me.

The reason? The van was that of the Conservative candidate, Norman Lamont, who had been spending the whole campaign trying to avoid talking to the press. The result? Much of the press coverage was dominated by stories of journalists trying to track him down around the constituency.

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  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 8:59pm
    @Jayne Mansfield - it doesn't look like an endorsement of Zac to me. Quite the opposite. Just from the quote above it looks as though...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 8:15pm
    @Lorenzo - I think Stuart's point is not that we shouldn't be helping children, but that in helping these particular children we are neglecting those...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 5th May - 7:55pm
    I concur with Jonathan above and not Stuart . For goodness sake , whether by defeat of terrorist evil, or support for humanitarian relief ,...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 5th May - 7:41pm
    Jonathan If ever an evidence oriented party ,needs evidence our party is in rather good shape, in many ways, if based on the attitudes of...
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 5th May - 7:01pm
    @Stuart - a good point. I've recently written an article calling for protection of civilians inside Syria so that they don't need to become refugees...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 5th May - 6:45pm
    Just managed to vote! David Pullin for Liberal Democrats in Kew, Southport and Chris Carubia for Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside with second preference...