A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, January 30, 2009

How the Lib Dems campaign

This is a very good comment on www.politicalbetting.com by East London Tory Agent Peter Golds about recent Lib Dem negative campaigning:

"Two weeks ago yesterday there was a by election in the Borough of Haringey, the third placed Liberal Democrats, swamped the ward with literature claiming that they were set to win, they used bar charts conjured from nothing and yet they came in a poor third.
Should they be ashamed of their deceit?

One week ago yesterday there was a by election in Bexley. The third placed Liberal Democrats, swamped the ward with literature claiming that they were set to win, they used bar charts conjured from nowhere and yet they came in a poor fourth.
Should they be ashamed of their deceit?

Yesterday there was a by election in Hackney. The third placed Liberal democrats swamped the ward with literature claiming they were set to win, they used bar charts conjured from nowhere and yet they came in a poor third.
Should they be ashamed of their deceit?

I am afraid it is what passes for elections where Liberal Democrats are involved and imitation can become the best form of flattery.

There was also a by election in Redbridge yesterday, which the Liberal Democrats won. Their literature concentrated on Redbridge Council’s foreign policy and used some pretty unpleasant pictures of Gaza. Interestingly they broke a cardinal rule by naming an opponent, just one - the Leader of the Council, Cllr Alan Weinberg.

I am also told from friends campaigning in the ward, that there were people knocking on doors, speaking of Gaza and mentioning what Conservative Cllr Weinberg and the Labour Foreign Secretary have in common - which was why their respective parties were not campaigning on the council’s foreign policy.

I wonder who should be ashamed of that deceit?

by Peter Golds January 30th, 2009 at 10:58 am"


Blogger Merseymike said...

This sounds rather more like another sliver of Zionist propaganda from the Israel lobby.

12:41 pm, January 30, 2009

Blogger Matthew Cain said...

Good point, made cogently Luke.

Personally, I was also concerned by the direct democracy party (all 20 voters) who idolised Stalin on their leaflets and told me I could vote for up to 3 candidates.

2:09 pm, January 30, 2009

Blogger Hughes Views said...

As Tony Blair said of the Lib Dems at the 2005 party conference "Street fighters in local politics. Utterly unserious on the national stage."

But they're buggers to shift once they get into local seats and they’re good at picking those off one or two at a time. Especially good at giving the impression of being busy by having their photos taken near lampposts and suchlike whilst blaming the government (of either stripe) when things go wrong.

Well done in Stoke Newington, brings back happy memories of drunken nights in Clapton thirty five years and more ago...

2:36 pm, January 30, 2009

Anonymous Albert Shanker said...

And exploited Baby P in Seven Sisters...

4:52 pm, January 30, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nioce to see you prefer to quote the ultra right rather than working class LP members Anon

12:20 am, January 31, 2009

Anonymous Dyanne Costello said...

Well said Luke! You wouldn't catch us in the Labour Party playing dirty, now would you?

6:26 am, January 31, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

Has Brown lost his marbles. According to the PM the UKs problems are all about confidence....so spend all your savings and trust him and you will be ok.

What a complete plonker.

9:53 am, January 31, 2009

Anonymous lord london fields lido said...

It's interesting that you choose to quote one of you fellow hypocrites here Luke. I notice Peter put out a leaflet in Stokey claiming the Tories were set to win using an even iffier bar chart than the other ones.

1:30 pm, January 31, 2009

Anonymous Rich said...

Brown publically criticizes those people striking to save their jobs, yet it was Brown who promised jobs for British people.

Your leader is a liar and a traitor. It won't be long before you lot find it impossible to canvass large areas of the country and if you do you are going to need police protection.

Millions of jobs are at risk and the working classes are being held to ransom by a crooked regime. So much for Labours promises and so much for full employment. This is getting worse by the week and by the end of the year we could even be looking at more than 4 million on the dole.

Call an election it is time for a change.

3:11 pm, February 01, 2009

Blogger Paul said...

Apparently now they are using their parliamentary allownace to campaign in constituencies they don't even represent


11:44 am, February 02, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny to see Tories slagging off the Lib Dem campaign at Seven Sisters - the Tories spent all their time slagging off the Lib Dems pointlessly, only to see the Lib Dem vote go up and those pinched votes keep the Tory out!

3:27 pm, February 02, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it time to start looking for another job, Luke?

Odds on Labour's going down the swannee. In which case, Webber Shandwick would have no possible use for someone with an "in" to the government representing defence companies.

You know, they know, the Con squad know, the civil service know you're highly radioactive.

It ain't much fun putting cheese and pineapple on a cocktail stick, or whatever you do in the PR business, only to spend 2 hours of every bugger in the room laughing at you.

So it's local government, I suppose. Lots of radical mates, lots of sickies and lots of time to contemplate the universe as the light dies.

Hackney Council wants a "Diversity Strategist sensitive to councillor obsessions". You get £50k. Better get in there.

11:47 pm, February 02, 2009

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


A) We'll see. The General Election is still a year away and a lot could happen ...
B) It doesn't really work like that, otherwise I wouldn't have spent the last 8 years working for a former adviser to Ted Heath and alongside William Hague's ex-press officer, neither of whom have had any problems working in public affairs under Labour. My job is about explaining how government works and how to communicate with it, not who my mates are. There's very little "putting cheese and pineapple on a cocktail stick" and rather a lot of research, analysis and writing communications strategies.

The only new job I would quit this one for would involve having the letters MP after my name, and I'm not holding my breath for that to happen any time in the next decade. Certainly not going back to local government, that's where I escaped from - you can't blog if you have a politically restricted job.

I like the idea of being "highly radioactive"!

8:25 am, February 03, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No of course this is nothing to do with 'Zionist propaganda'. The Liberal Democrats DID put out this leaflet about Gaza in the Redbridge council by-election. It's easy to find if you Google 'Redbridge Liberal Democrats Gaza'. ConservativeHome has got it. It exists.

10:52 pm, February 04, 2009


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