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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 AvatarNigel Ashton 16th Jan - 9:38pm
    Liberal HQ deliberately didn't support the Newcastle-under-Lyme by-election in 1986 because the candidate, Alan Thomas, was a unilateralist. Not, alas, the only case of HQ...
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    @Tim13 Hi, I get what your saying and I'm not trying to make assumptions how various generations or individuals in generations might vote. What I...
  • User AvatarTim13 16th Jan - 9:29pm
    Ethicsgradient I know anecdotal evidence on small samples doesn't really cut it, but I and many friends in my generation (baby boom, I am 69)...
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    Andrew T never a truer word - "the media has switched sides". Your other comments may have less validity - older leave voters saying "they...
  • User AvatarDave Page 16th Jan - 8:54pm
    Eddie, you seem to be under the misapprehension that this isn't standard practice and hasn't been done countless times before.
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    As a long time member of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority I am appalled at the idea of "privatising" Fire and Rescue Services....