My favourite piece of post-election spinning

Can you spot the person and party in this local newspaper report who:

(a) Slipped back to fourth place for the first time
(b) Saw their vote fall
(c) But say they are “pleased” with the result? and hope to “ride the momentum” into next year’s local elections [Updated: as highlighted by a comment below, the newspaper’s use of paragraph breaks looks to have presented the last part of the quote from someone else as if it were the start of Richard Merrin’s comments.]

(Here’s a clue: his name is Richard Merrin; his political party is the Conservatives.)

And for a final bit of fun, here’s what Richard Merrin said during the election campaign itself: “Do the Lib Dems really think the Euro election in Hornsey is a fight between them and Lab – the electorate don’t given our support”.

Yup, I plead guilty to being a Lib Dem who thinks that; see (a) and (b) above re. what “our support” really amounted to.

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  • Watching you 11th Jun '09 - 11:56pm

    you worried?

  • Wonderful. This put a smile on my face.

  • I enjoyed all the Lib Dem spinning in Devon…….

    Particularly when all the Executive members lost their seats.

    But Julian Brazil being done for ‘bullying’ just as Anthony Steen is on the ropes has to take the cake.

    Lib Dem PPC for Central Devon Sally Morgan losing her seat was also pretty cool – and seals her fate?

    Not so much to snigger about down ‘ere, mark m’dear!

  • Old hack sounds like the spinster aunt who had her first whiff of coke.

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