Accio voters! Harry Potter star Dan Radcliffe backs the Lib Dems

The Sun reports an interview with Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who portrays Harry Potter in the film franchise, in which he gives his support to the Lib Dems – and dismisses Labour and the Tories:

The actor – who battles soul-sucking Dementors as the boy wizard and is currently starring in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince – said he supports Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg because the other parties offer nothing to young people.

He said: “I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem. If all the people who liked them voted for them you could change politics overnight and we could have a proper three party system.”

Asked about Gordon Brown he said: “Paul Merton said, and I agree with him, ‘it’s a tragedy that this man has waited all his life to do this job – and now he finds out he can’t do it.’ I don’t like the New Labour thing. I never experienced the optimism of New Labour, I was too young but I hear everyone was up and it was fantastic. I’ve only seen the bad years of it.”

Radcliffe’s opinion on David Cameron is no more positive. He raged: “No! No, no, no, no, no! David Cameron is barely distinguishable from Tony Blair.” He added: “I think the reason why people don’t vote is because the politicians are all so central now, it doesn’t seem to matter who you vote for.”

He also blasted the BNP who won two seats in the recent Euro elections, saying: “I hate any type of prejudice.”

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  • Who gives a t0ss. We do not need to turn this into a cheap version of “OK Magazine”.

  • One would hope the Lib Dems would rise above the celebrity culture.

  • Actually reading this cr@p in The Sun he does not even endorse us.

    He says “I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem.”

    Almost certainly. How many times have we heard that only for someone to vote for someone else.

    Stephen, your post is utter nonsense. Qu’elle surprise.

  • I must say I like this very much.

  • Alix,

    To be fair it does look pretty embarrassing. I can see Tories now chuckling their heads off; ‘Lib Dems joyful that Harry Potter MIGHT vote for them’. It just looks silly.

    Besides, given Mr Radcliffe has a problem with centrist politicians, after ‘A Fresh Start’ (i.e. abandoning everything that attracted voters in the past) we might find he votes for someone else instead.

  • Alix, Stephens posts are worth what I pay for them.

    Get over it. I won’t go away, I will read the blog and support the party. Attitudes like yours run the risk of turning this blog into a close shop where a bunch of pals all post blogs that are above critical comment. Light hearted I can do, jumping in the celebrity bandwaggon and turning this blog into a Lib Dem version of heat I do not care for at all and will say so. Don’t like that then STFU and get over yourself.

    Your attitude is not very liberal at all.

  • Isn’t Will Young supposed to be a Lib Dem too?

    The sniffiness exhibited by some (not all) on this thread so far is politically idiotic – high-profile endorsements may not be that likely to make people change their mind about which party they like the most, but they help to encourage turnout for the party – especially amongst young people.

    A fact recognised by the Democrats in the United States but not yet by us over here is that the likes of the Conservatives have their own cultural figures who urge them to go out and vote, or their voters are just old and in the habit of voting consistently. Young people turn out much less, so there needs to be a mobilisation of high-profile figures in popular culture to encourage them to vote. That’s why in America they hold huge rock concert rallies with the likes of Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, The Decemberists and R.E.M. urging everyone to go out and vote Democrat. If the Lib Dems wanted to get more young people to go out and vote for them, that’d be the way to do it.

    Come on, i mean we’ve got Brian Eno – if needs be, he could do a concert on his own…

  • how did a post about Daniel Radcliffe supporting the Lib Dems get this bitchy? perspective, anyone?

  • Roger Roberts 24th Jul '09 - 2:23pm

    As a long standing Liberal (Lib Dem) -aging if not old (!) I’m delighted when I can get a positive response to the Lib Dems from anyone. Welcome Harry Potter – delighted you are with us – hope very much you can add your appeal to Lib Dem campaigns.

    Come on you young (fogies) go out and enrol some new supporters (famous or not)

  • Alix – don’t get me wrong, i’m on your side on this one. It’s just the whole thing is so out of proportion. There’s a serious debate to be had about how the party can use celebrities to get out the young vote, which i tried to flag up in my first post, but it has just got lost under the name-calling.

  • Martin Kinsella 24th Jul '09 - 5:18pm


    Meandyew does not have the monopoly on saying stupid things. However your smug, patronising and condescending manner says plenty about you. Personally I thought Meandyew has a point and I do think the quality of some of the posts and posters here leave something to be desired. You riding as a knight in shining armour and bitching about fellow LD’s is counter productive and you also say some pretty stupid things at time as well.



  • Alix Mortimer 24th Jul '09 - 6:05pm

    …and just as Leo, Jeremy and Oranjepan thought they had saved it.

  • Alix Mortimer 24th Jul '09 - 6:17pm

    Still, shorn of the ad hominems and the positively comical suggestion that bitching against fellow LDs is counter-productive (“and by the way you’re smug and say stupid things, Alix”), I think your core point basically shows double standards. It would seem you’re allowed to criticise any LDV post and poster you wish (which of course, you are) but we’re not allowed to defend ourselves, and anyone who dares to talk back to your unimpeachable criticisms must be being “patronising” or whatever.

  • Martin Kinsella 24th Jul '09 - 6:18pm

    I score with the rebound. 1-0 to the Lib Dems.

    Perhaps appearing in the comment is free section of The Grauniad has gone to your head, or perhaps you enjoy your continual smug asides and condescending sneers at those who dare to disagree wth you. Either way it is a mediocre trait and one you should drop. HTH.

    Try debating the issues sometime. You never know, it might grow on you 😉

  • Alix Mortimer 24th Jul '09 - 6:56pm

    Hm. Debating the issues. Let’s see.

    “…saying stupid things…”
    “…smug, patronising and condescending manner says plenty about you…”
    “…bitching about fellow LD’s…”
    “…gone to your head…”
    “…your continual smug asides and condescending sneers…”

    Yup, that still looks remarkably like a list of issue-less ad homs to me.

    I did, in fact, finish my post with a challenge about how LDV should be debated between readers and writers, but you appear to ignore that.

    Attempting to take the point forward then (are you with me, Martin, as I attempt to debate the issues?) LDV readers can criticise the posts, right? Well, of course. But LDV writers can also come back and argue the point – I don’t think you’re really disputing that.

    If that response, for whatever reason, doesn’t give you satisfaction, I’d say you have a number of options. You could of course write regular contributions yourself – you could even write a post about how you think LDV could/should change. There’s a debate we haven’t ever had properly.

    If you wanted to take a slightly more determined stance, you could always start a thread in the forum, maybe even get in touch with a few people who share your views, and plan to, in some sense, force the issue (whether that be by writing en bloc for LDV, demanding that certain writers don’t write, demanding polls, etc etc). It’s really up to you.

    But, by any measure, presumably you can see that the kind of abuse being doled out by you and, in his second post, Meandyew, is just not going to achieve the result you claim to want.

  • Liberal Neil 24th Jul '09 - 7:28pm

    Well I think it is great that young Mr Daniel supports us, but primarily because of his stated reasons which suggest that he identifies with one of our core beliefs about equality.

    (And by coincidence we took our little’un to see the new film last weekend and have then watched each of the first five films in succession during the week. He is a fine actor.)

  • Martin Land 24th Jul '09 - 7:47pm

    I think this kind of endorsement is potentially a double-edged sword. I’m expecting the following to endorse David Cameron:

    Lord Voldemort
    The White Witch
    The Sheriff of Nottingham….

  • Meandyew: how does posting all of one story about a film equal “turning this blog in to a Lib Dem version of heat”? If there were several posted in a week, I could see your point, but making that judgement from just one post?

  • Have I just walked into a playground?

  • Martin Land, I’ve just got information that Labour will be able to withstand the challenge. Despite Cameron’s new-found followers, they’ve got strong support of their own:

  • Matthew Harris 25th Jul '09 - 5:44pm

    A Lib Dem version of Heat? I’d love to read that. “Seen coming out of the NUT’s fringe meeting at 9pm, with his tie slightly undone, was…”. The mind boggles. This is great news, as The Sun’s interview will reach young people who rarely think about party politics. The only note of caution is that it’s just a newspaper quote – no more, no less. Let’s remember this little fiasco – and be cautious how we use it…

  • “Lib Dem version of heat”

    No-one mention Lembit.

    Oh wait…

    Note: Different Alex to poster “Alex” above

  • Herbert Brown 27th Jul '09 - 8:20am

    Maybe you need two groups:



  • When I used to deliver my Westgate Ward Focus to Virgilia House in St Thomas’ Hill, Canterbury, little Orlando Bloom used to love to post the Focus through his mum’s letterbox for me. Does this mean we can claim him for the party too?

  • I lived in the flat below Virgilia House and neither Orlando or you, Colin, ever posted acopy of Focus through our letter box. Was it because we were students?

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