A disturbing fundraising suggestion

A conversation made me wince as I browsed Tim Farron’s Twitter feed this evening.

Let me say this first, though. If you want to help people affected by the flooding in Cumbria – and we’ve seen some utterly heartbreaking scenes of devastation and people losing everything – please donate to the Cumbria Community’s South Lakelond Flood Recovery appeal.

Back to Tim, who has been energetically working to help those affected. One constituent asked Tim if he might take rather drastic action to raise money.

Innocently, Tim asked for more information…

So she told him:

This is the story about the mayor.

Thankfully, Tim has more common sense than that Mayor:

And his constituent didn’t seem to mind his refusal, so all was well.

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  • I don’t think that raising money via torture is a good precedent. What’s next? Waterboarding? The rack, the boot, the thumbscrews? Eating live tarantulas? A “good cause” doesn’t absolve a bad means. Tim is right to dodge this.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 12th Dec '15 - 10:21pm

    You’ll not get any argument from me on that point. My husband, a recently retired health and safety adviser, would have apoplexy at the very thought of something like this.

  • Stephen Hesketh 12th Dec '15 - 10:27pm

    David-1 12th Dec ’15 – 10:16pm
    I agree David-1; this sounds more like a job for a youngish ex-leader.

  • I doubt they would raise much money tasering Tim, most people like him so not much fun. Now if it was Nick Clegg you would have a few hundred thousand cheering students lining up for a go.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 13th Dec '15 - 10:26am

    That would have been way too cruel, Malc.

  • David Evans 13th Dec '15 - 3:00pm

    I agree with Caron. The cruelty and risk of serious injury while queuing for what would be a very long time for some would not be appropriate.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 13th Dec '15 - 3:44pm

    Actually, not even that, Ian.

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