Tag Archives: Norman Smith

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.

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 2 Comments

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.

Posted in News and Parliamentary by-elections | Also tagged , and | 1 Comment



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Blake 25th Oct - 9:34am
    Strange that there wasn't even a Lib Dem candidate in the Oban election in a parliamentary seat we hold.
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 25th Oct - 9:32am
    Colin Greens are growing rapidly. SNP are growing. Plaid Cymru is growing. Ukip is growing. I would say that it is the centre which should...
  • User AvatarColin 25th Oct - 9:31am
    @JonTilley " It is not clear what political facts you base your assessment on." Her party is not in freefall or heading for a very...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 25th Oct - 9:31am
    John Tilley After the General Election in a few weeks time it is obvious that you do not want a continuation of the Conservative dominated...
  • User AvatarHugh p 25th Oct - 9:25am
    It is proper to note that in the Scottish referendum Aberdeenshire voted NO by a substantial majority, so a Lib Dem loss of Gordon next...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 25th Oct - 9:18am
    John Tilley Let me take what you are saying to an absurd limit. Suppose there was a political party which said the answer to all...