My rock solid election prediction

There will be more photographs of Gordon Brown in Liberal Democrat election leaflets than in Labour election leaflets.

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  • Is Gordon Brown so deeply unpopular that putting him on a Lib Dem leaflet runs no risk whatsoever of raising his profile and boosting his credibility? I happen to think that Brown stomping about the country promoting himself as a no-nonsense “man of the people” might just work for him. Should we be helping him along?

    The problem with Nick Clegg is that for much of the electorate he is still a completely unknown quantity. The campaign itself will prove how much (or little) of a plus he is.

    As for Cameron, Labour is going for his jugular on the class issue, so there is no real need for us to join in (not just yet, at any rate). Besides which, Nick went to a posh school too, though not nearly as posh and elitist as Eton. What we have to show is that Nick, even though he did go to Westminster, is not a neo-con placeman and servant of the ultra-rich.

  • It wasn’t the only thing wrong with the 87 campaign though Max 🙂

  • Liberal Neil 12th Feb '10 - 6:13pm

    Lib Dems will be quite happy to have pictures of Nick in their leaflets, and indeed Vince. The leaflets I have seen from Lib Dem campaigns recenbtly have both of them in abundance.

    What is harder to predict is whether the picture of Brown with Bush or the one of brown with Thatcher will be used more often in Lib Dem leaflets!

  • Liberal Neil 12th Feb '10 - 6:19pm

    Sesenco – Nick’s poll ratings are better than Kennedy’s were at this point in both 2001 and 2005. He has higher overall recognition, a higher positive score and a higher net positive score. In each of those campaigns Kennedy’s ratings rocketed due to the exposure of the campaign. I am sure Nick’s recognition will do the same this time. We obviously have to hope he comes over in a way that keeps the positives up too!

  • In each of those campaigns Kennedy’s ratings rocketed due to the exposure of the campaign. I am sure Nick’s recognition will do the same this time. We obviously have to hope he comes over in a way that keeps the positives up too!

    I wouldn’t count on Clegg receiving the same boost as Kennedy did. Kennedy was naturally likeable and came across as the very epitome of down-to-Earth, wheras Clegg is an overgrown public schoolboy who comes across as patronising, insincere and dull. Totally different situations.

  • Anthony Aloysius St 12th Feb '10 - 8:32pm

    “Clegg is an overgrown public schoolboy who comes across as patronising, insincere and dull”

    You forgot his propensity to put his foot in his mouth whenever he’s interviewed…

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