Conversations with Nick Clegg

The Lib Dems’ new party political broadcast shows Nick Clegg’s conversations with voters.

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  • Richard Huzzey 8th May '09 - 4:23pm

    Yeah, I spotted the similarity although I liked this PPB.

    I think the Tories’ higher budget helped them create the impression of Cameron making multiple town hall meetings while ours is cut from one — and one that looks more like a film studio than a provincial venue.

    Still, good concept and good execution.

  • I’m rather confused. This was billed as a European Election broadcast, but – just like the Tory and Labour ones – it focuses on domestic politics.

    Forgive me if this seems perverse, but I don’t want to know what the parties will do if they win the next General Election, I want to know what they will do in the European Parliament.

    Is there a link for the Lib Dem manifesto for this election?

  • Richard Huzzey 8th May '09 - 7:16pm

    Must confess that I didn’t understand “Stronger together” had anything to do with Europe.

  • It’s a shame the Tory one went with the same sort of concept.

    I think Nick got much more in there in terms of policy and reasons to vote Liberal Democrat rather than Cameron’s which seemed to be reasons not to vote Labour and some vague platitudes.

    Whether it will be widely seen like that – or even widely seen – is something we’ll have to find out.

  • Richard Huzzey 8th May '09 - 9:51pm

    The standout moment in the Cameron PPB was the one where he told a student he wouldn’t be scrapping fees. While his policy itself is wrong, a lot of members of the public will like his honesty in telling someone where he disagrees with them or where he can’t make something a spending priority. Voters don’t expect you to agree with them all the time or be all things to all men – I think they quite like politicians admitting when they disagree or when they can’t prioirtise everything at once.

  • Antony Hook 9th May '09 - 8:56am

    Cameron’s video also showed him wearing no seat belt in his limousine. If they crashed Cameron would have been thrown forward, killing the driver.

  • Simon Titley 9th May '09 - 9:20am

    A bizarrely irrelevant PPB. No mention of the European elections (despite this being billed as a “European Election Broadcast”). No mention of the local elections.

    With the best will in the world, voting Lib Dem in either of these elections will not cut your tax.

    In an election with a likely low turnout, what compelling reasons did this broadcast offer to elect Liberal Democrat MEPs and councillors?

    What’s up? Are we ashamed of our record in the European parliament or county councils?

  • Two comments saying this was billed as a European election broadcast. The email I got from Cowley Street yesterday said European elections *and* local elections. I’ll wait until I’ve seen part 2 before I write off Europe getting a mention.

  • I don’t think any party is really majoring on Europe or the locals in their PPBs – indeed they rarely do, which is a shame.

    Other than UKIP, of course, who have nothing else to offer – I do hope we get to see a big CGI Euro-octopus destroying parliament again. That was fun.

  • Unfortunately, if that is his message, I find it incomprehensible.

    The Lib Dems did not stand firm for civil liberties.

    Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 had little opposition from the Lib Dems in the commons.

    I know that politics involved setting priorities but if you cannot stand firm on an issue, then it is clearly less important to you

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