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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 AvatarStephen Hesketh 19th Sep - 4:43pm
    @Phil Beesley 19th Sep '14 - 4:35pm Ah, a fellow Lancastrian - no wonder you talk such sense! :-)
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    @Phil Beesley 19th Sep '14 - 3:37pm Excellent points Phil. I agree - a so-called English Parliament based on Westminster would be the worst of...
  • User AvatarCharlie 19th Sep - 4:40pm
    John Tilley That is why I pointed out the following 1. Public school pupils take twice as many A Levels in maths and science as...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 19th Sep - 4:39pm
    JohnTilley Yes, but it has taken all this for those statements finally to be made in the mosques. This is something that should have been...
  • User AvatarPhil Beesley 19th Sep - 4:35pm
    How, you might ask, do we determine the boundaries within a regionalised England? Pretty randomly and badly is my guess. Who lives in Scotland, Wales...
  • User AvatarJocky McLean 19th Sep - 4:33pm
    eg Tony Woods. By Federal do you mean Westminster Parliament? and by Regional the four National Parliaments (however constituted)?