Norman Baker’s genius response to David Cameron: David, I need you to stop sending dishonest and patronising letters

Norman Baker by Liberal DemocratsThe Tories don’t seem to have got the hang of excluding the opposition from their target mailings. This may be a good thing as we wouldn’t have had the joy of reading our Norman Baker’s fantastic and hilarious response to a missive he received from David Cameron, in whose government he served until last November.

Here’s the Prime Minister’s letter:

David Cameron Letter

And here, in full, is Norman’s pithy response. Enjoy.

Rt Hon Norman Baker
23 East Street Lewes BN7 2LJ

Dear David Cameron

Thank you for your letter of 1st May, inviting me to vote against myself on Thursday.
But David – I am not likely to do this, am I? Especially as your candidate does not live in the constituency, stood in Caerphilly last time, and has no parliamentary experience.

Yes, we have. But would it not have been more honest, David, to acknowledge that the good progress would not have been possible without the stability and fairness that the Lib Dems brought to the coalition?

Your letter is not very honest, is it David? You know that the Lib Dems have ruled out any deal with the SNP, as have you, and to be fair to Ed Miliband, so has he. So none of the three major parties is going to play ball with the SNP. It’s not very edifying, is it David, to try to frighten people into voting Conservative on the back of a scare story without foundation.

David, why are you trying to frighten people in the Lewes constituency about Labour and the SNP when history shows that for over 150 years, this seat has only returned a Conservative or a Liberal? Labour cannot win here and the SNP are not standing in Lewes, are they David?

And why do you claim that this seat is one of 23 marginal seats you have to win, when it isn’t? David, your candidate has already had to apologise for claiming the Lib Dem majority last time was 140 when it was actually over 7,500. How is this one of the most marginal 23 seats? You are not being very honest, are you David?

David, yours really was a rather demeaning and desperate letter for a Prime Minister to send, wasn’t it? Can you not think of a single positive reason why anyone should vote for you and your candidate, rather than resorting to scare tactics and twisted figures?
Yours sincerely

Rt Hon Norman Baker
Lib Dem candidate, Lewes

P.S. David, please do consider voting for the Lib Dem candidate in Witney, Andy Graham, on Thursday. Unlike yourself, he will keep the recovery going but do so in a fair way that avoids damaging and quite unnecessary cuts to public services.


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  • David Evans 5th May '15 - 12:33pm

    Great reply. Even better that Liam’s note to Danny and his reply. However, to have real effect it needs to get in the national news now. Is any of our publicity people making sure it gets in there? I’m sure Norman would be a great front man for such a news item and I’d bet he would be up for it!

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 5th May '15 - 12:52pm

    Oh, I think efforts will be made in that direction!

  • Arthur Snell 5th May '15 - 1:16pm

    Great reply. But Norman didn’t point out the massive case made inadvertently by Cameron for electoral reform. He writes to Norman as he’s in “one of the marginal seats” whose outcome decides the election. from which we conclude that those not living in marginal seats can be taken for granted. As, of course, they are by the two largest parties.

  • Malcolm Todd 5th May '15 - 1:17pm

    Excellent. 😀

  • Gwyn Griffiths 5th May '15 - 1:20pm

    Nice one Norman.

  • As with the leaving the CCHQ logo on the “5,000 small businesses backing Conservatives” it seems that basic research is not their strongpoint….Nice to see that, rather than throw it in the bin, Norman used it to make a strong point…I know it won’t make national news; but it ought to…

  • David Evans 5th May '15 - 5:31pm

    Caron, I am holding my breath in anticipation of the triumph our media strategists and publicity people deliver on this. If anyone sees it mentioned on TV or in the press, I suggest we record it here and we can see how well they did after the election.

  • Conor McGovern 6th May '15 - 3:43am

    Norman Baker for Home Secretary. 🙂

  • Stephen Hesketh 6th May '15 - 7:21am

    Conor McGovern 6th May ’15 – 3:43am
    “Norman Baker for Home Secretary. :)”

    Hmmm … Norman Baker for Shadow Home Secretary 🙂

  • Colin – on the point about ‘a whole constituent nation [being] disenfranchised’ – can you tell me the last time a sitting MP for a Northern Ireland seat held a Government post?

  • Nice one Norman!

  • Ian Sanderson
    Would it be true to say that the last NI MP to be a minister was Enoch Powell?
    (Powell was a minster before he left the Tories and became an MP in NI).

  • Got exactly the same letter in Bath yesterday.

  • peter tyzack 6th May '15 - 12:03pm

    and for someone who had such an expensive education it was not a very well written letter, was it David.?
    I went to a much less expensive school, David, where they taught me how to write a letter, and about the correct use of a PS, David. And if you start a letter with ‘Dear David’ you hardly have to keep repeating ‘David’ in every paragraph, do you David.?

  • Richard Underhill 14th Dec '15 - 10:46pm

    Norman Baker was on the Sunday Politics, south east on13/12/2015. He does not withdraw anything that he said about tring to work as a Minister of State in the Home Office under Theresa May, “walking though mud”, etc. He said she “ran the Department as a Tory ministry and not as a coalition ministr,y” but if there is a contest for the Tory leadership Norman thinks that Theresa May would be the best of the three for the country.
    Norman said he cannot give up politics, but he is choosing certain issues, including Tibet.
    His next album comes out in mid-january 2016.

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