The first key difference in the Liberal Democrat leadership race emerges

So, we have a key difference between the two contenders in our two horse leadership race.

While settling down for Eurovision last night, I asked both if they were watching. Tim was going to watch with his family today as his kids are a bit too young to stay up that late. Norman was making his way back home after a day of campaigning in London. When that was established, I asked them a question of interest to many Liberal Democrats. Doctor Who – yes or no. Here are the responses in the order in which they were received:

Both men chose the Beatles over Elvis, though. We are as yet in the dark about their biscuit preferences. 

This stuff is not going to change any votes, but it’s good to see both men indulge in a little light-hearted Saturday night Twitter banter. 

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Glad someone else agrees that the whole Dr Who thing is a bit overrated 🙂

  • Must admit I am impressed by Norman’s honesty, rather than simply saying something to get credit.

    Maybe I am reading too much into this though!

  • If neither choose custard creams as their fav biscuit I’m leaving the party lol

  • William: Tim’s a proper fan, I can tell you that for sure. Which makes him not QUITE as high up as Sal Brinton, who actually WORKED on the show (my daughter voted for Sal for president for that reason, too, so it could make a difference to some).

  • Tim even confirmed that William Hartnell was his favourite Doctor. Top marks 🙂

  • Richard Underhill 25th May '15 - 10:59am

    Should there be a Liberal Democrat Voice poll on whether it is true that Liberal Democrats like science fiction?

    If so, to what extent?

    When I was a kid it was considered impossible to put a man on the moon, because
    it would be very expensive,
    you would need to escape Earth’s gravity and
    you would want to bring him/them back alive.

    Similarly putting an observatory outside the Earth’s atmosphere would give clearer pictures, as Hubble has shown.

    This is relevant to a serious discussion about Liberal Democrat objectives and electability.

    I recall that Ford Prefect and a bypass in Guildford started me on a route to The Restaurant at the end of the Universe.

  • Malcolm Todd 28th May '15 - 11:33pm

    Not if I get there first, jon ryan!

  • @voluntaryanarch 29th May '15 - 9:05am

    As an non-member and interested on-looker, it is hard to pin down any key differences between the two candidates. Beyond the impression Farron gives of wanting to drag the party to the centre-left and Lamb’s reputation as a crusader for mental health, there is little in the way of real policy differences. Is this leadership election going to be a presidential style election, based on the charisma and style of the candidates, or is there a real debate going on in the Lib Dems about the direction the party wants to take?

    I’d be tempted to join if I knew whether the party wanted to shift to the Left to recapture lost social democrats or whether it will maintain the principled liberalism of the Orange Bookers.

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